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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Paper Airplane Pilots
The History Of Flying
Spade Kitty Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Come fly the friendly skies of Paper Airplane Pilots. Never mind the baggage checkers. Security is just going to wave you through, no wands, no removing keys or loose change from your pocket. Feel free to smoke if you want. And don't worry about shutting off your laptop or putting your luggage in the overhead compartment. Just put on your headphones and get ready for takeoff. Captain Jeremiah Wallis says to expect very little turbulence. Just blue skies and brilliant, radiant power-pop, the kind Teenage Fanclub used to make before going into exile.

Two years in the making, The History Of Flying is a gas to listen to. That is, if you like power pop. All the requisite influences are here, from the addictive hooks of Big Star to the golden harmonies and orchestral instrumentation of Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys. "She's Magnetic", "Olivia" and "She's A Liquid" take the buzz-saw guitars and sugary, melodic drag of Bandwagonesque-era Teenage Fanclub and mix in a little Cheap Trick bombast. The bright, buoyant melodies of "The Guilt Must Way A Ton" and "Change Changeling" are the stuff the British Invasion was made of. On the ballad "Eva Braun", it sounds like Brian Wilson is pulling all the strings, adding soft touches of cello and violin to sweet vocal harmonies and light acoustic guitar. More raucous numbers "Lifer" and "She Reduces Me" shoot off firecracker packs of drum fills and crunchy guitar riffs.

Paper Airplane Pilots have stumbled on a diamond mine of glittering melodies. They've spent years polishing their pop gems to a robust shine. Wallis and co-pilot Ryan Duffy first joined forces 10 years ago. In 2001, they released the seven-track EP, Welcome To The Drunk Tank. A little over two years later we have The History Of Flying. Don't know if they actually have their pilot's licenses, but I'd clear them for takeoff.

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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