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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
Cruiser
Northern Electric
Devil in the Woods

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If you are like me, you may have never heard of the band Cruiser before. But if you are reading this, then you are showing an interest. There are a couple of good reasons you may not have heard of Cruiser. First, they have yet to play a live show. Second, they are from Scotland, proving that there's more to Scotland than alcohol, the Loch Ness Monster, and Groundskeeper Willie. Bad puns, I couldn't resist. At any rate, Cruiser formed in 1999, when Kevin Lynch (founder) started writing and recording himself. He grabbed a 4 track and began laying down tracks and developing songs. He decided to send these songs out as a demo to a few record companies, and got signed immediately by Devil in the Woods. Not your typical band-struggles-for-years-finally-gets-break success story, but this is not your typical band.

Lynch decided that he wanted other musicians to participate in the recording of Northern Electric. Progressively, Cruiser became a living, breathing band. Northern Electric enlists seven different musicians using more than thirty different instruments. Ranging from acoustic guitars to sampled loops, and glockenspiels to robot voices. I know it sounds strange, but Cruiser is really on to something here. They combine strings, percussion, brass, with modern-day technologies, and the products are some very genuine songs. From the ambient "Personality: Goes a Long Way" (think early Aspera Ad Astra), to the drum machine heavy "Blown". Cruiser does an amazing job of combining the idea of guitar band, with pre-programmed beats, and adds drifty femme vocals.

Cruiser seems to know the exact direction they want their music to travel. The album never searches to find it's sound. The songs flow, and grow off one another. Gripping song textures and shoegazer-esque guitar riffs, make this a very pleasant listening experience.

Reviewed by Justin Grimm
A contributing writer for LAS, JG used to live in Bloomington, Illinois, and played guitar in a band called North By Northwest. Word on the street is that he now lives in Chicago and, (much to the ladies\' delight or dismay, depending on how you look at it) he has been procreating. To find Justin, just google \"juice454\" and something, like what he\'s been listening to, will pop up.

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