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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
Hurricane Lamps
Sing Me a Song
Sonic Boomerang Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Fans of the swirling pop fuzz that heavy hitters like Yo La Tengo and indie welterweights like The Lassie Foundation dish up in spades will want to take a few minutes on the headphones to indulge on the Hurricane Lamps' new album Sing Me a Song for a new kind of sugary fuzz buzz.

There is a bit of a flatness to a lot of the songs (see "For A Good Time") that makes the album seem overly amateurish, but that sort of rawness also lends a lot to the band's appeal. For all the squeaky squwawky awkward floundering, the Hurricane Lamps never come across as contrived or pandering. Some of the constructions here may seem transparent, but none of them come off as half-thoughts. This is hyperactive trip-pop, an amalgamation of rich space-synth and jittery, teen-angst pop guitar chords. Imagine the sort of boyish glee of Wolfie outfitted with boosters of synthetic sounds ala The Timeout Drawer or The Lassie Foundation and the exuberance of the Beach Boys. In truth, the sound captured on Sing Me a Song is capable of standing on its own, and for the most part it is Eric Tischler's juvinile, repetitive vocals that doom each track to a watery grave. Repeated listens aren't all that much more rewarding than the first, so you'll really only want to put this on when you're cleaning the house on a weekend afternoon or some other time when background music is appropriate.

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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