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Castle Talk
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The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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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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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Form of Rocket
Some Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Imagine the noise Steven Tyler would make if bamboo sticks were shoved under his fingernails. Imagine these squeals accompanied by a background sound of Iron Maiden riffs. The picture in your head probably isn't too far from farcical (or Deliverance), and Form of Rocket encompasses the same shrieking, painful absurdity.

Despite the abrasiveness and high volume, Lumber brings about a great sense of indifference. Even if it is demanding and loud, it fails to capture any real attention because it smacks of unoriginality and monotony. While it is easy to see a mass of young show-goers invigorated by a riotous live show, their brand of post-metal translates rather ineffectively to disc. The band is trying too hard to drill the same anti-melodic point to its listeners, which branches out to either boredom or ludicrousness in most cases. When a tangible, physical spectacle is not there for an audience to embrace, the recorded version functions as a distant husk carved by hard labor and little attraction.

One exception to this is "Living in a World of Change and Shit" which sounds like a drunken party anthem set to "House of the Rising Sun". The cut is differentiated by its jet-black country slant, but even then it is not originality that ropes the listener in. In truth, it may be a bad sign that the most appealing track reminds me noticeably of someone else's song. At the same time, it should be commended as the most surprisingly effortless track presented, and the most immediately enjoyable - it is the one attempt that sounds distinctly different from the rest. If every track found a way to be so unforced and unique, the album could count its successes.

From a technical standpoint, the music itself is challenging and skilled. The guitar parts employed on tracks like "Brains and Eggs" are monstrous, and as the rest of Lumber, would be even more effective in a live setting. But, there is an overall stigma of remarketing the wheel that does little to save the tracks from a quick fast forward trigger finger, or the downfall of over-inflated riffs and egos.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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