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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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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Out Hud
S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.
Kranky Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Seriously though, when has Kranky ever done us wrong? They're not starting now.

Out Hud is wordless but intelligent electro beats with some nice industrial blasts and touches of twisted rock riffs. Each song is broken into differing sets of grooves, often creepy (one of my very favorite adjectives) and at times a bit pondering. While this is far from a groundbreaker in electro-jazz or whatever, it's a strong strong album to put on when you're driving through old Detroit or into a sudden downpour of metallic shavings.

One benefit of being an instrumental musical unit is that you can title your tracks however you like, and Out Hud has taken full advantage of this situation: track 2. Dad, There's a Little Phrase Called Too Much Information; track 4. Hair Dude, You're Stepping On My Mystique; track 5. The L Train is a Swell Train and I don't Want to Hear You Indies Complain; and the classic track 6 title, "My Two Nads" (Dad Reprise).

With song titles like those, who needs lyrics anyway? Pick this up.

Reviewed by N.D. Burkey
A longtime infrequent contributor to LAS, Neil David Burkey is a painter, writer, sculptor and all-around artistic type. He currently lives in London, England, where he is, at long last, a legal resident.

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