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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
Pleasure Forever
Alter
Sub Pop Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The keyboard has never seemed like a very Rock 'n' Roll based instrument to me. When I think of bands with keyboardists in them, I think of Hanson and Ben Folds Five- law abiding people who (probably) don't do drugs and don't neglect their showers. Call me ignorant, but before hearing this band I didn't believe that there could be anything loud or angry coming from a piano. 12 year olds boys want to play the electric guitar, not the instrument their mother is forcing them to take lessons for.

Pleasure Forever, comprised of a drummer, guitarist and a singer/keyboardist, dissolved my deeply imbedded stereotype with dark and angry songs that are driven mostly by the instrument that four year olds play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on. Their self titled debut proved me wrong, but it didn't exactly win me over to the sound. Alter, however, not only shows that the piano can be used to make rock music, but it can be used to make some pretty amazing tunes.

While there are indeed some songs that could succeed in the mainstream niche carved out by shtick acts like Interpol, they manage to avoid sounding self absorbed and insincere. It wasn't difficult to decide whether their constantly distorted vocals and high-brow lines such as "Butterfly Poison Spiking the Punch" from "Wicked Shivering Columbine" are pretentious or brilliant. Andrew Rothbard's lyrics may seem nonsensical for the sake of seeming hip, but there seems to be much more beneath them than stringing words together.

Another more important art-rock trap that they avoid is willfully throwing in filler to throw off the momentum of the record. These are 12 concise songs clocking in at 46 minutes, and none of them tread over the same ground. Pleasure Forever are one of the few bands out there that has found the perfect balance between creativity and listenability, and that makes them one of the few bands worth being excited about.

Reviewed by Tom Nash
A former LAS staff member based in Vienna - that\'s Virginia, not Austria - Tom graduated from high school and we are all just so, so proud of him.

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