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 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

MUSIC

 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

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
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Blue Skies for Black Hearts
Love Is Not Enough
King of Hearts

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


February 13, 2007
Really, save for a short break in the teen-pop-laden late 90s, ever since Kurt Cobain placed his angst in the hands of his listeners it has been en vogue to keep the heart on the proverbial sleeve. But while most artists are either doing it pop-punk style or descending into their own private melancholy, Blue Skies for Black Hearts has decided to go the lazy, dreamy route with a generally lively acoustic vibe to ease the lyrical pain they espouse.

Coming in just short of thirty minutes, BSFBH's latest full-length, Love Is Not Enough, is a quick study in loss and love, given just enough time for Pat Kearns and company to win a few hearts. Some tracks would even make Paul Simon proud, specifically the title track and the short-but-sweet lead single "Here Comes The Rain." Both songs blend minimal production, simple percussion and winsome lyrics.

"With a Rubber Soul" tips the cap to Ben Gibbard while "Back To New Orleans" would be at home on a Vigilantes of Love record. But the overall vibe never strays too far from the juxtaposition that the band's name implies, a proper blend of daylight and darkness, dawn and dusk.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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