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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
Metroscene
First Light at Last Orders
The Planetary Group

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
After I first listened to Metroscene, I was prepared to write a scathing article about a horrible band trying too hard to be the next Radiohead. When I listened to it a week later in preparation for my band-bashing, however, I started, much to my surprise, to kind of like it. Now, after listening to first light at last orders a few times, I have actually got to liking it a lot.

Metroscene is about 80% blur, 14% Pink Floyd, 5% Pulp and 1% Radiohead. They mix indie sounding mod-pop with Pink Floyd- style atmospherics to create a sound that is not only relatively unique, but mixes interesting sounds with lyrics and melodies I can actually sing along to in my car from time to time (yeah, I'm a dork- I sing loud with the windows open constantly). The album is often upbeat, yet it displays Metroscene's versatility for different tempos and stylings. "Peel" is a slow song with layered atmospherics, while "M.O.D.E.R.N Girl" is fast and his voice is less distinctive, as though he is singing into a megaphone. "The Change" could easily be found on a Blur album, while "Daydream Superstar" almost sounds like Supergrass.

I guess I often contradict my first impression when it comes to music, and this is obviously one of those times. Metroscene's good qualities outweigh the bad ones enough that they are virtually unnoticeable.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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