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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
One Step More And You Die
Arena Rock Recording Company

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Post-rock's progenitors, the quintessential Tortoise are often looked to as its stalwart ideal, found that the space left over in the absence of vocals was often best filled by technically difficult parts and more complex arrangements. Never ones to enjoy being outdone, bad boys with big guitars came in to replace space with unbridled amplitude; assuring lesser students of the art's pipe dreams of success would one day come to fruition. Yes, they too would live to crescendo and fade, only to crescendo again.

"Where Am I" begins One Step More and You Die quite promisingly with a violin backing the guitar melody and - in just under three minutes - staying just the length of it's welcome, but all the soul of wit is shot to shit when the Mogwai-as-all-hell "Com(?)" does little more than offer increasingly louder layers of guitars in a final coda that seems unwilling to relent to the composers wishes for it to find a closing cadence; the static beat and unchanging harmony are dogged opponents of short-winded closure. The rest of the tracks with quieter means and ends - shall we call it "Mopish Morning, Halation Wiper" or "Giant Me on the Other Side" - lack memorable melodies relegating them to ambient filler; no one has to ask the age old question, Where's the beef? Everyone just nods in agreement, knowing that the proof washes out in the rock pudding.

So, oh ye of too much faith, embrace your aptly named Mono like a mother receiving her firstborn child after his first overnight stay from home. Chide her not; her inability to see her child as one sided is no fault of her own. Watch as she holds him tightly to her breast. His noise will envelope her, dark though it may seem to those on the outside looking in, at that moment it provides keen joy and intense satisfaction, not unlike that of a ninety-nine cents Frosty; may it keep her safe from drowning in the buoyant shallow waters.

Reviewed by Mark Skipper
Mark Skipper currently resides in Nashville, TN where he can be found skipping shows, drinking Guinness, making bad home recordings, and complaining about how much music sucks these days.

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