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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
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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
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Fat Possum
Danko Jones
We Sweat Blood (Reissue)
Razor & Tie

Rating: 7/10 ?

June 13, 2005
As any good (or bad) girl knows, it's women who really have the power; it's a dynamic generally ignored by most macho hard rock groups, and Danko Jones is a surprising exception. One of Canada's best kept, dirtiest secrets, this three-piece plays raucous hard rock that has been known to make a certain mildly-innocent reviewer blush in the presence of mixed company.

Danko Jones is cock rock at its best: without the gimmicks, excessive cheese or big hair. To the band's credit, they invert the overused and mildly degrading power scheme nearly every 80s hair band chose to follow, preferring to lust after powerful, confident women so consciously out of league.

Also present of their shortcomings, they use them to their advantage. They may not have the best pick up lines, but they're willing to admit it. "Lovercall", a pseudo-manual for getting the girl (sloppy dressers and those of you without wristwatches take note), is just as corny and self-deprecating as it is self-indulgent and over the top.

This dynamic makes Danko Jones so much fun; it's not 100 percent macho man-whore-driven drivel. We Sweat Blood is fast, fun and feral, presenting 14 perfectly quick and dirty tracks, which, although not the best bedroom scenario, works to perfection here. "Sound of Love" and "Forget My Name" beg for your best air guitar solos, and nearly any song on the album will cure a much needed jonesing for AC/DC inspired guitar riffs. "I Want You" even adds a punk snarl into the thunderous and decadent rock mix.

We Sweat Blood also sports two "U.S. bonus tracks," which, as is typically the case, were lifted from the band's 2002 effort, Born A Lion, which never saw the light of day stateside. Although they hardly seem out of place here, the band's shift from funk-influenced, down-in-the-dirt rock to hard and fast 1970s era stadium riffs can be heard in these songs. While no songs on this album can top its crowning glory, "My Love is Bold," We Sweat Blood far from disappoints.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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