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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
Morcheeba
Parts Of The Process
Reprise Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I want to be the person that decides movie scores. I want to decide what music will be played in the background of every scene, and decide when the tracks cue up. I admire clever usage, especially evident in movies by Wes Anderson (Rushmore, Royal Tennenbaums). In those films the music syncs up with the action so well. Parts of the Process provides a wealth of material suitable to be played during a variety of different activities and moments in your life.

That said upon hearing "The Sea", I'm driving along the coast and naturally looking along the water watching the sun bounce off its surface. There are similar moments throughout, where the music provides the background for activities like sitting in a coffee house, having a house party, drinking wine, walking around the neighborhood, lying down in the park, making out. These all come to mind some point during the 18 track odyssey of Parts Of The Process, Morcheeba's greatest hits/career retrospective collection.

Morcheeba's trip hop/funk/electronic hybrid may not at first seem singularly exceptional but when aided by the elegantly smooth and sensual vocals of Sky Edwards, the music is propelled to the next level of greatness. Edwards has a gift for rhythm and flow, and to the credit of band members Russ and Paul Godfrey they know exactly what type of music and songs best compliment her talents. The music is often times laid back and groove oriented, and Sky's voice draws you in closer like a Siren. Once you let yourself go, there's no escaping because it's hypnotic.

"Be Yourself" although sounding a bit like it was intentionally created for a car commercial or a feminine product ad is absolutely the most catchy song on the album, but it is not the best. "Parts of the Process" with its sultry jazz club feeling intro breaks out into the light with a chorus that seems like it might have come from a Sundays song. "What's Your Name" features Big Daddy Kane and as a result is the most biting and hop hop oriented cut. All are stellar examples of the group's eclectic sound, but the song that hits hardest is the wistful closer, "Can't Stand it". It delves almost into the realm of chamber-pop featuring strings and tinkling keys. Sweet, sure but also further evidence of why this band is great: the ability to evolve and morph its sound and succeed.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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