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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
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
Peter Bradley Adams
Gather Up
High Wire Music

Rating: 9.5/10 ?

July 26, 2006
Funny, just last week I was blustering about unpluggie genres and my general dislike for 'em. As you'll see this time around, prejudices such as those don't necessarily color my every move.

Here it is. Around 400 CDs have found their way into the mailbox here so far this year, and wouldn't you know but a self-produced Americana record has left all the others pointing fingers and begging not to be melted into army men. This isn't merely an amazingly pretty record or a fine example of such and so, it's a Rumours, a Court And Spark, a Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - were these times not the mother of all DIY eras, mafia bagmen would at this very moment be putting the finishing payola touches on the conspiracy to get these songs played every ten minutes on pop radio.

Formerly of Eastmountainsouth, Adams soundtracked Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown, among other films; this is his first solo album, designed for his soulful tenor, a chalky half-whispered take on Jon Seceda. Adams has an abnormally gifted way with edge-of-the-world piano dramatics, but the more hypnotizing moments come when he gets his acoustic guitar arpeggios bubbling in and out of all-pro chill-folk mixes ("Chant"). You'll find upon a second listen that there is literally not one note on this thing that didn't have to undergo ISO-9000 certification and thorough drug testing.

Sure, this could just be One Of Those Reviewer Things - a sort of reaction-formative response to being the recipient of so many albums that don't rub my rhubarb. A few years ago I was accused of falling prey to this syndrome after I extolled the virtues of Bathory, and if you've read even one of my columns you're aware that I cannot, in general, stomach black metal.

But Bathory is - okay, was - cool, and this is even cooler. If there's one reason it wasn't given a 10 rating (aside from the fact that Lost At Sea guidelines would demand I seek out Adams and interview him for bestowing a double-digit rating) it's because, ah, I dunno, maybe he's involved in so many projects that this bloody masterpiece is just another investment. But I seriously hope he does it again.

Reviewed by Eric Saeger
An LAS staff writer based in New Hampshire, Eric Saeger was named alt.flame\'s Newbie of the Year in 2000.

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