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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Sergeant
Midnight To Midnight
self-released

Rating: 7/10 ?


August 22, 2007
Neon signs crackle and pop, sputtering, half lit, advertising such fine establishments as Ra's. Glancing inside through grimy windows, it's possible to make out a few mummies hunched despondently over dust-covered bottles of cheap beer. Farther down the street, sordid characters nonchalantly request some change or a cigarette while leaning aimlessly against cracked and crooked walls. This neighborhood would never be accused of humming with life as its inhabitant long ago decided to slowly extinguish whatever remains of theirs.

It's these shady alleyways and shifty streets that Sergeant haunts, exploring a darker and harder side of the musical spectrum. Sergeant bring a serious brand of rock that is only slightly tempered by the striking vocals of Keli Reule (who was previously featured for her art). Penetrating and direct, Reule's voice sets a tone that the band flawlessly matches. I imagine piercing guitars and rumbling drums suffocating a room while the singer stalks the stage like a vampiric denizen of the night. Together, band and singer create a powerful and incendiary mood that is carried throughout the album.

It's easy to see Reule's art background influence in Sergeant's music. Like the beautiful grotesqueness of a Goya painting, Sergeant has an extra depth that most bands don't have. Neither playing up the angst or slipping into parody, Sergeant are instead the real deal; a product of their surroundings.

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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