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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
Mark Kozelek
What's Next to the Moon
Bad Man Recording Co.

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It seems that most people who are AC/DC fans wouldn't really care for the Red House Painters slow sad style, likewise it's hard to imagine many Red House Painter fans also enjoying the style and antics of AC/DC. So it's almost as much of a shock as Shock Me that Kozelek should make his second solo album a complete AC/DC cover collection, with only the 3 previous covers on his first solo as warning.

Some people would write it off as a horrible and disgusting perversion of the creativity of Kozelek right off the bat. This only further proves that the Red House Painters weren't trying to be any kind of band, only to put out personal material. Most Red House Painters fans have more faith in Kozelek's ability to rework songs after his past accomplishments. This one does not fail, it makes AC/DC more tolerable to people like myself. His renderings of these songs are like adding sugar to a child's cough syrup. Instead of seeing the hardness and boisterous nature of AC/DC, Kozelek reveals the hidden hurt and sensitivity behind the music, makes AC/DC no longer monsters but the traditional groveling human beings.

Most of the songs are Kozelek alone with his guitar but a few feature double vocals, harmonies, and multiple guitar tracks. Most were probably done in a single take as though live, there are a few missed notes, which only serve to open up the songs even more and conjure pictures of a lonely boy in his bedroom playing his songs to no one but himself.

Though these songs were originally by AC/DC, Kozelek has made them his own and worth listening to if you have enjoyed his previous endeavors. They are to be used as more of an extension of ones own thought than a window into Kozelek himself.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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