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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
Aphex Twin
Druqs
Warp/Sire

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I've given this album a number of chances, and it still sounds like the same old thing. It's not necessarily terrible. It just sounds like Richard D. listened to some of his old stuff, copied the feel here and there, and made up dumb names (maybe to make to make us think about how unimportant song names really are- how profound!).

Could it be that he's just playing with us again, like when he puts on a "concert" only to reveal he's been playing Solitaire for two hours? Could it be that good stuff that he really cares about is locked away in a hard drive somewhere, accessible only to R. D. himself along with the cast from the Windowlicker video?

I don't know, and I'm starting not to care. Rich can play the pretentious ass when he makes heart-stopping music, but the act wears real thin when the songs sound like lame imitations of what he did five years ago.

Reviewed by Steve Lamos
Steve Lamos, an infrequent contributor to LAS magazine, is most widely known for his prolific musical resume which includes work in American Football, National Skyline, the Firebird Band, Braid, Absinthe Blind and his solo project, DMS. Steve lives in Champaign, Illinois with his wife Tracy.

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