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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
Doghouse Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I like Scott Ritcher. I like what his ideas, his music, the projects he tackles and his willingness to realize a project no matter how insurmountable a task it seems. I wasn't surprised when I heard about Encapsulated, the new Metroschifter project which showcases a bunch of their favorite bands playing original Metroschifter songs that hadn't been recorded by the band (well a couple were). It took a while and a number of the bands broke up between the album's inception and it's release, but it's finally here. The one sheet for this disc says that each song was carefully selected for each band, so when you hear the Promise Ring's Davey Von Bohlen lispering (lisping + whispering) "You make me so angry, you are so unreal" it's completely absurd and hilarious. I can imagine Scott, the Hort and Pat from Metroschifter sitting around drunk and saying "Dude, you totally have to send this song to the fucking Promise Ring." The album is good, but not great. Truthfully I'd have preferred it if they would've just released this as an album of their own material to try and recover from the slightly disappointing "Strawberries." There are some gems here. The Get Up Kids make "Impossible Outcomes" so catchy that it's hard to believe it's a Metroschifter song. Scott Ritcher has a good voice, but he could never belt "Impossible Outcomes" like Matt Pryor does. Burning Airlines "Dear Hilary" is a rare opportunity to hear Jay Robbins sing with out a full rock onslaught behind him. Perhaps the most intriguing track on this disc is the Kyle Crabtree/Jason Noble collaboration on "Here in Your Mind." Noble and Crabtree (sounds like an upscale potpourri shop) craft an exciting and lengthy piece of postmodern pop music that most likely was radically changed from the original Ritcher Composition. These tracks make the disc worth picking up but be warned you will have to endure Joan of Arc's "Forensic Economics", MT Rhoades and His Lonesome Woods Band "Under Pressure to Exist" and Cooler (who could easily pass for the Black Crowes) with "Downschifter." Here's to you Scott and Metroschifter, for realizing one of the most exciting concepts in indie rock.

Reviewed by Christopher Ashworth
A native of Geneva (the one outside of Chicago, not the one on the lake in the corner of Switzerland) and former contributor to LAS, Christopher Ashworth enjoys listening to Mt. St. Helens albums and reading Cat Fancy magazine.

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