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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
The 88
Kind of Light
EMK/Mootron Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
With a knack for stating the obvious, I'll say that there are some things in life that are just plain good. It's variable, of course, and for me that list includes caramel, winning Packer scores, honest belly laughter... and now I can add to that list the 88.

Kind of Light is one of those unpretentious, solid pop albums that comes along to win you over. With the sparkle of 60s likeability, from T Rex to Thin Lizzy to the Beatles, it's able to put a smile on your face and a tune in your head, and that's perfect enough as it is.

Stepping into Kind of Light feels like time travel, where cooing oohs and ahhs, sweet harmonies and catchy hooks were the order of the day. The songs are bright and infectious, able to lift moods even when placed in a modern context. The 88 remind us that songs as thoroughly good as theirs never really go out of style.

There's a little something here for every pop need: some stomp ("How Good It Can Be"), some sharpness ("Kind of Light"), some luster ("Hard to Be You"), some sunlight ("Sunday Afternoon") and even some busybody tropicalia ("God is Coming"). As Kind of Light energizes and reenergizes, rolling through each track with ease, its strength remains in its sincerity. With their poppy goodwill comes infectious choruses and wide-eyed optimism - I trust we can always use a little more of that.

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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