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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Shiny Around The Edges
Why Do I Love You
Golden State Recording Co.

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
A wistful, dreamy voice floats over spare drumbeats and minimal guitar. This sublime voice oozes sensuality and is enhanced by the somber cadence of the backing music. "Impossible", the opening song on Why Do I Love You, is the auditory equivalent of a drawn-out striptease. Imaginary clothes are flying out of the speaker and you can only sit and listen, mesmerized. Then abruptly the song stops before any sort of climax is reached. Not an anomaly, the rest of the album follows the precedent set forth by the opener.

Why Do I Love You takes quite a bit of patience to listen to. There is no immediate gratification like a pop song. Nor is there the rising/falling dynamic of post punk. Instead Shiny Around the Edges draw out and sustain their pace, inviting the listener to be enveloped by the music. These songs play out like a funeral dirge, without the death.

Depending on your mood, by the end of Why Do I Love You you will either be peaceful and relaxed, basking in the mellow airiness of the songs or will be curled up, sedated by the bleak pace and lulling rhythm. This dichotomous relationship lends itself well to repeated listens. With each new mood the album takes on a new persona, inviting new thoughts and emotions.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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