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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
Fighting Jacks
The Dying Art of Life
Tooth & Nail Records

Rating: 6.5/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I love to be blown away - not always just by talent or ability, uniqueness or individuality; sometimes it takes sheer volume and intensity. When I pop a rock record into my player, it better floor me. Personally, I typically fall for "pretty music," but there's something about a badass guitar riff that appeals to my inner rock star.

That exact appeal introduces my ears to the Fighting Jacks. "Farewell Senator" sets the disc off with a bang of guitar and fury that easily sets the tone for the following eleven tracks. Frankly, this disc is little more than just radio friendly alt-rock, but is far superior to the latest single from I-wish-I-was-Kurt-Cobain or We-think-we're-Staind. Tracks like "Glass Table" and "Some Say" beg to be added to your rock stations play list, looking to thrive between singles from Switchfoot and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The Jacks radio-friendly sound can't be denied, but can hardly be blamed for any downfall, either. To their credit, they fail to play into current rock radio stereotypes, despite fitting in to that broad niche. It may not be breaking into new territory, but The Dying Art of Life sets the pace in the right direction.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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