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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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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
Matt Pond PA
I Thought You Were Sleeping
File 13 Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I like this mini-record quite a bit, and I've put it on as upbeat background music for getting drunk several times. The thing is that I like it for unknown reasons. To tell you the truth, sometimes I dislike it. Particularly on the second track, which is a bit too poppy for my tastes.

When I first came across Matt Pond's project was at the perfect time, when I was well into a binge on lo-fi alt-folk music. I'd just discovered a Palace CD, Bright Eyes was about to make a huge mark with "Fevers & Mirrors", and I'd even run across a few Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard 8-tracks. I was feeling gritty, poetic, a bit bitter. I wanted to wear a thin black sweater over a sloppy gray tee. After a promo copy of it floated through the office I secured my own copy of Measure and filed Matt Pond into my mood music collection, noting him as akin to Connor Oberst for days when I was burnt out on Bright Eyes.

After digesting the latest release (which subsequently didn't take long as it is comprised of only four songs) Matt Pond PA is still there, filed away. I guess I like it okay, but I'm not all about it. It's still like a more bubble gum version of Bright Eyes and sometimes the "haunted"-ness of it feels forced. Maybe if there were more here to digest I could get into it, but there just isn't anything here to really hold on to.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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