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Hello from Waveland
Mt Fuji Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
People in my dorm - aside from that one girl who listens only to goth and Modest Mouse, and a guy who listens to IDM - are always playing the same music under a different name, from Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bob Marley, and Dave Matthews Band to Ashanti, Weezer, and Jimmy Eat World. Hello from Waveland sounds exactly like the type of music I'd hear playing from just about anyone in my hall's stereo at any given time during the day.

Part of that all-encompassing genre of college rock, I'm sure Hello From Waveland will make a lot of eighteen to twenty-two year olds very happy. It's simple, straightforward, heartfelt music played by four white guys from Seattle. They make poppy music college students can listen to while studying, reading, socializing, and everything else. What's found on Strangeways is the kind of generic music someone you know is obsessed with, but that, in all honestly, is not terribly interesting. It's all been done before: "Temptation" and "Deepest Lake" by the Counting Crows, "Speaking4clapping" and "Star Palace Hotel" by REM long ago, and half of the other songs by Sugar-era Bob Mould. If you're in a fraternity and don't mind music that is somewhat uninspired, Strangeways might be a good bet for something new to check out.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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