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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
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The Null Corporation
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Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
No Knife
Fire In The City of Automatons
Time Bomb

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Ah, No Knife. Not Knife In the Water, Mack the Knife or any other kind of knife for that matter. No Knife, none at all. There are probably people out there, hard core fans from way back ("when they were punk"), who refer to them simply as The Knife. Maybe. I don't know. This is No Knife's third album and it is, arguably, their best. No Knife's best effort, putting their best foot forward, is absolutely nothing like Best Boy Electric. If you're thinking Sunday's Best, you are a bit closer, both geographically and sonically. And I say sonically only because I wondered how it would look in print, being an odd word that one would likely never use if one weren't reviewing records. Records: both musical documentation and bests that people try to, well, best. Did I mention Best Boy Electric?

What on earth am I saying? What on earth is No Knife saying? That is the question. The San Diego rockers throw out some white bread rock with ...

Before this review really gets anywhere I just wanted to say that, having never seen the band before, I was surprised to see them sporting beards. I mean, I just didn't expect it. I don't know, I thought they were younger I guess. Not that beards are bad, as I've been known to sport one myself from time to time.

Where was I? Oh, right, the review. White bread college indie rock. It's good stuff, don't get me wrong, and I listened to the album through several times, distinctly thinking that I was enjoying myself. Then, as a test, I turned on the radio for about twenty minutes and, barring the Korn and Limp Bizkit tripe, I found that I rather enjoyed the radio as well. And that says it all, because we all know that the radio is crap. But it had the same effect on me as No Knife. Am I calling No Knife a crappy band? Certainly not. Am I saying that they're boring? I most certainly am.

Oh, and what the fuck is with that Franklin song? I mean, that is supposed to sound like Franklin, isn't it? What the hell is that all about?

This review is what you might call a parallel to No Knife's Fire In the City of Automatons of Automatons. It doesn't tell you anything. It isn't at all creative. It is over, and we are glad.

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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