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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
The Medications
Your Favorite People All In One Place
Dischord Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


July 7, 2005
Washington DC based Dischord Records has always had an impressive roster of bands. In the past five to ten years, the most influential of those bands always seemed to break and form other bands. And, in turn, few of the other bands have ever earned the respect of the previous influential band.

Take Smart Went Crazy for example; while they were together, they released two great albums and influenced quite a number of bands with their powerful yet introspective music style. After the band broke up, Chad Clark and Abram Goodrich went on to form Beauty Pill. Abram only stayed with the band for its first release (which has garnered the most buzz of the entire BP collection so far) and they have yet to gain the respect they deserve.

Faraquet is yet another band formed from the ashes of Smart Went Crazy. They released one full-length record and disbanded after four years of making music. Two members of Faraquet, Devin Ocampo and Chad Molter, are now in the Medications and are taking another stab at making music - though there is nothing groundbreaking here.

What this band lacks, in reference to Smart Went Crazy, is creativity. There are a few creative elements to this album, but nothing to push them over the edge. Most of these ten songs have the right tools to be brilliant, but falter as nothing truly stands out.

"Or At Least As Bad" is a dark, punky tune which has some Sunny Day Real Estate sound qualities (in the most positive sense), but the unique quality that is introduced here in track two gets revisited almost all throughout the album, to excess: Andrew Becker plays drums with power, using all the bells available, but too much of a good thing is a burden. "Magazine for Entertainment" revisits the powerful drums and could almost be the same song with a more upbeat guitar riff. At this point, the seeming spark of originality flickers slightly.

Add to this sameness "Twine Time" - which is strong, but gets a little whiny - and you are left with a track much like any tough rock band found on the radio today (if fronted by a 19 year old listening to Texas is the Reason for the first time).

The biggest downfall of this record, beyond its repetitive and short-falling tendencies, is that the second half of it is very messy. Slowed to a dull roar, or too anxious to bring any of the excitement to fruition, the songs have a good foundation but could use more work. This sentiment echoes the album's troubles as a whole: it just needs more time and effort.

The Medications certainly have the chops, and with a little more focus they will undoubtedly become a powerful trio. They only need to relearn an important lesson from their past: how to play to their strengths and roll with the punches.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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