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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Del Cielo
Wish and Wait
Eyeball Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Sarge. Starball. Little Red Car Wreck. Each of these bands were fronted by cute girls my guy friends fawned over. As they didn't want to go to shows by themselves, I was often in tow as they lusted over thoughts of Elizabeth Elmore signing their denim jackets. Through the embarrassment of this, I still didn't mind because what the gals did was good: Honest, straight-laced, female-fronted power rock.

While you may expect something diametrically different from a member of the post-everything unit, Beauty Pill, Balsa Andolsun's inclusion in Del Cielo just shows she has another successful endeavor to add to her list. Musically, the trio of ladies share commonalities with the aforementioned guitar divas, in that they are guileless, empathetic, and know just when to reign in the rock.

Inevitably, their bouncier songs are the best, while their quieter fare feels more like they are isolating themselves in respective quarters. "Full-On Confessional" is a satisfying mix of Elmore and Corrin Tucker: punchy, uncensored, and ready to draw first blood. "Reaction #1" is arguably their best track, where the rhythm section torturously perseveres while Andrea Lisi spills her vengeful prose. "Tell Me a Lie" even shows the influence of Jawbox, with slightly slanted guitars, a jarring pace and the interest added by female vocals in the equation. Their style is undeniably tight, yet given authenticity through its lo-fi strain. At its bare bones, Wish and Wait shows that these ladies really know what they're doing.

For anyone pining to relive the instant when bands truly rock before reaching a "more mature" (i.e. slower) sound, Wish and Wait qualifies as this moment's beautifully unbridled mess. Del Cielo prove that sometimes, those who have not found their peace can present a more gratifying alternative.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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