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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

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
Satanic Surfers
Unconsciously Confined
Hopeless Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Yeah, admit it - You see a name like "Satanic Surfers" when flipping through albums at the record store, and you really wonder what they are like. I'm happy to say that this band is more than just a fun name.

Unconsciously Confined is both inspired and inspiring. If you're fed up with the pop-punk of today, you may appreciate the sounds and perspectives of these Swedish punks' album. This is a collection of songs covering a decent amount of the pop-punk spectrum. But rather than fitting in to the genre mold that you would expect, they drive ahead with a mix of approaches that are all undeniably Satanic Surfers'. Some are slower with everyday life themes ("Pecan Pie" and "The Sing-Along Summer Song"), while others, such as "State of Conformity" and "More To Life" aggressively urge us to wake up to responsibility. The guitars sound very full, but not really heavy. The album flows all the way through, and it seems to pass by quickly, but that won't stop you from giving it another spin.

This is vocalist Rodrigo's first album stepping out from behind the drum kit, and it is probably in the band's best interests to allow him to focus on vocal duties. Rodrigo could develop the part with his poppy, but Graffin-esque style as the often aggressive guitars and steady snare create the perfect environment for his voice. All of the songs are good, and some shine brighter than others. To sum it up, the Satanic Surfers are sing-along with substance.

Reviewed by Lance Birch


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