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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
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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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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Invisible
Invisible
Self-Released

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


November 30, 2005
Rooting for the underdog is always a temptation - one that's justified when the competition is tough and the little guy stays humble. It's not about rooting for the team with the biggest bats; it's about the team with the most heart and the littlest ego, the team running to first on every grounder or pop-up.

The principle that applies to my love for the Minnesota Twins also rings true in the competitive world of indie rock, and sometimes it just feels good to pull for a band even if they aren't going to be the next big thing. Invisible proves to be just such a band with their first full-length, a sleeper hit if there ever was one.

The way the band arranges their songs is worthy of a hardy head nod; avoiding the verse-chorus-verse game plan, the Portland collective (who are way into visual arts) opts for extended codas and almost-instrumentals, coming in with vocals after the songs have built substantial momentum.

Invisible begins with the guitar laden "Rows Of Unbending Lines," and just when you think it's going to be a sappy instrumental opener to a sappy CD, it unfolds into an orchestral rocker that deserves another listen right away.

The sensibilities, at once akin to Broken Social Scene, continue flourishing on "Not The Next Anything," which begins with a whimper and ends with a bang. The modest arrangement brews over with potential energy that is finally released halfway through the song in the form of bright strings and heavy drums. This euphoria lasts only for a moment, however, making way for a playful duet that is more of an afterthought than a centerpiece. "Maybe We're Still Running" feels much the same, as the Rilo Kiley-esque vocals, as nice as they are, act as a garnish to the lush musical piece. The way the band lets their songs breathe is a technique that makes everything on the album sound full and alluring, leaving the audience wanting more.

This is also true in regards to the band's visual aspect; though their album art and website are saturated in graphic art (as are their shows, apparently), there are no videos or Photoshop montages on the disc. The closest Invisible gets to a bonus is the hidden track at the end of the album, which is actually pretty good as far as hidden tracks go. The packaging for the CD is frustratingly barren of useful information, and the band's website doesn't reveal much either - Invisible is more interested in promoting their friends' projects instead of their own. The unassuming nature of their music and their underdog likeability have made Invisible the little band that can, and will, win you over.

Reviewed by Andy Brown
A regular contributor to LAS, Andy Brown lives in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, but doesn\'t think he has an accent.

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