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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Fat Possum
The Adored
The Adored EP
V2 Records

Rating: 6/10 ?

February 18, 2005
California is a mystery to me. Growing up in the Midwest, I've often heard the expression "la-la land" to describe not only Los Angeles, but anything west of the mighty Mississip'.

I've never been there myself, and I don't buy into the stereotype that everyone in L.A. is jaded and/or a phony, but I don't know what to make of such a place - one that seems Utopian on MTV and apocalyptic in Kurt Russell movies.

The Adored EP isn't clearing anything up, either. The opening moments of the first track, "TV Riot" would have you believe The Adored is a punk band living in a syringe-ridden alley in Encino, but after a short while, they settle into straightforward rock as if they practiced in a Beverly Hills garage after listening to The Clash for hours on end.

The following track, "Chemistry," is a similar mix of early punk shout-along choruses and crisp rock riffs. Though more poppy than The Buzzcocks, Pete Shelley makes a few cameo appearances on the EP - not bad considering there's only thirteen minutes to work with here.

Sometimes rocking, sometimes puking, sometimes dancing and sometimes shouting, The Adored EP is probably a good way to imagine the city of angels until I actually get a chance to see it for myself.

Reviewed by Andy Brown
A regular contributor to LAS, Andy Brown lives in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, but doesn\'t think he has an accent.

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