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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
»Deerhunter
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
Various Artists
Policia!
The Militia Group

Rating: 7/10 ?


March 16, 2005
The fondest memories I have of The Police come from riding around in the back of the family station wagon throughout the mid-to-late 1980s. My mom always tuned the radio to the child-friendly soft rock stations, and I would always sing along in the way that most kids do: slightly off key and oblivious that anybody else may be listening.

Seeing as that was my introduction, The Police have never been one of my favorite bands. Their radio singles still never fail to make me sing along - however, Sting's pompousness and rather bland recent solo work has always left me skeptical of the 80s powerhouse's actual prowess.

That said, I'm hardly opposed to hearing Sting's compositions be taken over by some up-and-comers of the pop-punk, emo, hardcore and indie rock circuits. However, the classic compositions by the original trio - Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Andy Summers- have been revised here more than reinterpreted.

Updated to today's pop-punk sound, these 12 songs are mostly faster and less clinical than their original versions, but even when hardcore assailants Underoath tackle "Wrapped Around Your Finger," the poppy melody remains recognizable.

Brandtson opens the disc with their rendition of "King of Pain," which makes for a captivating introduction, and one of the best tracks this tribute has to offer.

Fall Out Boy tackles "Roxanne," the anti-prostitution ode most recently and dramatically heard in the Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge. They do a good, faithful job translating the original to their poppity punkity sound, but fail to make it truly their own.

Disappointedly, Maxeen contributes "Murder by Numbers." Not altogether bad - the song is hardly a stretch for this band, who usually sounds like they're The Police reincarnated anyway. Although obviously an appropriate band for the disc, this reviewer can't help but imagine somebody else could've done a better, more unique job with the classic track.

The poppy Anadivine puts their spin on "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic," balancing the sugary choruses with the shadowy verses, which is par for their course.

To close the compilation, Copeland tackles the obvious choice, "Every Breath you Take" and does so beautifully. One of the most misunderstood songs of all time, the stalker-tastic ditty is dusted off and given the cold, stoic treatment it deserves.

Of all the hits represented, noticeably absent is the taboo student-teacher relationship song "Don't Stand So Close to Me." Being The Police's first big U.S. hit, I'm somewhat mystified that it wasn't included on the tribute and would've been interested in a post-"Hot for Teacher" rendition of the track.

Disappointments aside, the disc accentuates the longevity of these classic tracks well enough to win over new fans for all of the bands involved, even if they aren't the most interesting covers on record.

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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