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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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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Mogwai
Rock Action
Matador Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There are few bands that do no wrong. In all actuality, the vast majority of people making music these days fuck it up completely or almost so. A portion of bands do manage to make records that are enjoyable to listen to, and there does exist a fraction of albums that are enjoyable from start to finish without calling the skip button in to service. But even those bands are rarely perfect, stumbling for a note or adding an unnecessary lyric here and there. Mogwai, however, is one of the very few bands with which I have no bones to pick. Sure, they have a few different stylistic cards they can play with and I certainly do prefer some songs to others, but by no means have Mogwai ever released an album that had even one sub-stellar song. I can only imagine that the Scots are so chalk-full of ambient lullaby craftsmanship that they routinely cast aside compositions that the blue-collar rocker and prickish indie rock critic alike would swoon over. Perhaps the most amazing compliment one could justly serve these fellows is the fact that no matter how many records they release that are successively brilliant, no matter how much their über-indie label pimps them, no matter how quickly the industry scrambles to kiss their feet, Mogwai never disappoint. If there is a negative sentiment from a well informed and educated soul, I have yet to find it.

While the brilliance of this band and this album should be readily apparent, I will simply direct the listener to the track "You Don't Know Jesus", a baptism and funeral wrapped together in the swirling guitars that are at once flowing and languid. The crescendos that litter this album are mirrored by beautiful lulls that give Rock Action a dimensionality distinctly Mogwai. From the electronic tinged "Sine Wave" to "Dial:Revenge", which has an uncharacteristic guest vocalist, this is the album that Mogwai was destine to write. Lush, lavish, and succulent are all fitting words for an album that, in time, will serve as the reference point for a new greatness.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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