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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Audio Learning Center
Friendships Often Fade Away
Vagrant Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
So this is Vagrant's hot new commodity. And why not? These guys show all the signs of the newest indie scene-turned MTV hipsters just waiting to happen. With a strategic record label, and songs that all the kids will be surely singing along to at this summers Vagrant Across America 2 Tours, it's hard to miss. An album accurately titled Friendships Often Fade Away can't help but win over the lonesome and depressed kids throughout America and the World for that matter.

As you are probably wondering as to whether this review is a sarcastic dis or if I really like this album or not, the truth is that this album comes bittersweet to me. At times it shines like an over-polished American Football. The innocently charming "Hand Me Downs" and "The Shell" start the album off promisingly, but then deteriorates into a disheartening surf-rock ballad "Favorite" which, judging from the lyrics, is a dedication to a favorite rock band. With lyrics like "I bought your album/ You're my new favorite band/ I love that third song/ yeah", I question the thought process behind some of the lyrics Christopher Brady puts into his songs. Shift again, to the layered harmonics and warm vocals of "Winter", and I still can't decide whether I dig the Audio Learning Center.

Equal parts Weezer and American Football [and not nearly enough of Brady's former band, Pond] would be a decent comparison to the sound of Audio Learning Center. Which is exactly why they will fit in so beautifully at Vagrant, and will most likely sell many albums. In the end though, with lyrics as predictable as the song titles, this album just does not do it for me. Eventually losing its luster and shine that it had in the beginning.

Reviewed by Justin Grimm
A contributing writer for LAS, JG used to live in Bloomington, Illinois, and played guitar in a band called North By Northwest. Word on the street is that he now lives in Chicago and, (much to the ladies\' delight or dismay, depending on how you look at it) he has been procreating. To find Justin, just google \"juice454\" and something, like what he\'s been listening to, will pop up.

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