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Robert Nanna/Elizabeth Elmore
Split EP
Troubleman Unlimited

Rating: 0.5/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Both of the emo darlings featured on this split EP, put out by the usually hard-rocking art-core label Troubleman Unlimited, contribute 2 somewhat unnecessary and mediocre acoustic-ish songs that do not veer to far away from their past and current projects (Braid and Hey Mercedes for Nanna, Sarge for Elmore).

Nanna's track, "Forgiveness," features work more closely aligned to that of his City on Film project, but with more of a pop type of structure. There is some minimalistic drum-machine nonsense bopping around in the background, but it's really nothing to make anybody stand up and cry "Oh my god, that's the funky shit!" The lyrics are surprisingly straightforward for Nanna, who is a lover of clever puns and metaphors, making the song all the more boring and lame. Blah.

Elizabeth Elmore's "You Blink," is a sappy and slow number that provides even further proof to why I hated Sarge so much, and why I was glad they broke up. I have probably seen Sarge 10 times out of pure coincidence, and they managed to play the same exact set for 2 years straight, getting progressively worse each time. It seems that this song has something to do with heartbreak or something terribly emo, but I really didn't listen too closely to the lyrics. Somewhere along the lines some tolerable synth-strings come in, but they certainly aren't enough to rescue this piece of pop fluff.

Thank god that this EP is over in about 10 minutes, because I really didn't feel like listening to these two whine any longer. Don't get caught in the middle of this shit sandwich, a'ight?

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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