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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
Tree Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I remember Ken at Tree saying that Franklin was going to change the way people thought about rock music which, after hearing the new album, isn't too far from the truth.

Franklin has been around for a while and has amassed (deservedly so) quite a cult following. Combining everything from hardcore to blues, reggae to indie rock into a trademark sound all their own, this Pennsylvanian quartet consistently charts new territory with each new song. "They Attack" pops the top off of this long awaited full-length with an almost Green Day-esque punk rock anthem. Franklin quickly shifts gears for "Drums of Navarone," a bass and chant laden reggae groove that could prompt anyone to cut a rug: "You can't deny that truth is on the dance floor."

"Colder Than Dead" drives Franklin through the indie rock neighborhood built by the likes of Silver Scooter and Pond, with very splendidly complimenting backing vocals by producer Carmine DeGennaro. Weaving in and out of Jane' Addiction and Bob Marley modes with an amazing competence Franklin leave off by breaking things down on "Death by Delay," an incredible 7 minutes (exactly) of musical potpourri combining every aspect of the band's musical source pool into a dazzling slow groove.

Excellent. A five star release if ever there was one.

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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