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The Null Corporation
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
20 Minute Loop
20 Minute Loop
Self-Released

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There's something about this album that I really want to like: maybe it's the guy-girl vocals, or the fact that some of the songs themselves seem well put together (especially track 8), or even the fact that this band seems to be searching for a unique sound. Try as I might, though, I just can't seem to get into this album: nearly every track reminds me of something that I've recently heard on the radio but can't stand. The first track hits me like that Barenaked Ladies' song about the Chinese chicken, the second track sounds sort of like Alanis Morisette, and a couple of later tracks sound very Michael Stipe-ish (an REM fan I am not).

I imagine that there are quite a few folks out there who might like the influences I've mentioned, and who therefore might like this record as well. I just know that I'm not one of them.

Reviewed by Steve Lamos
Steve Lamos, an infrequent contributor to LAS magazine, is most widely known for his prolific musical resume which includes work in American Football, National Skyline, the Firebird Band, Braid, Absinthe Blind and his solo project, DMS. Steve lives in Champaign, Illinois with his wife Tracy.

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