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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
Seamonsters
Turning Tide
Pete Records

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Seamonsters are a poppy indie rock band with catchy, albeit somewhat sophomoric, tunes. They have a crisp, clean, fun sound that makes Turning Tide easy on the ears, but not memorable in any real way. Turning Tide is similar to efforts by bands like Marcy Playground or Better than Ezra, with a slightly ska-like flippancy. The album opens with a slowly rising instrumental that builds into the first vocal track, a smile-filled song called "Metal Cellular Palm Trees."

The song snaps along with a frisky drum beat and singer/guitarist Matt Clatterback sings "gone to fashion island in an SUV, with a cup of Starbucks in one hand, cell phone in the other, making all kinds of plans." He uses his "deeper-than-Blink 182" voice, and the song has a guitar breakdown that I played - and it sounded good - when I was 14.

The album goes on from there, with songs about love, and right and wrong, and the sputtering endurance of life - with a sadly struggling song about the "life-o-meter." There isn't much difference between the tracks; there are some jangly guitars dancing overtop of bubblegum dream beats, and more weak transitions between the basic chorus-versus-chorus structures; this trio tosses the same elements out on almost all the songs. The drumming from Pete Deeble remains upbeat and warm, and bassist Sam Stroosma plays the keyboard once or twice - maybe to catch some Get Up Kids fans - as the album floats by rather quickly and pleasantly.

Although it is predictable and basic, the lyrics are not bad and the sound is catchy - enough so that The Seamonsters might capture the ear of some of the more carefree Get Up Kids or Better Than Ezra fans.

Reviewed by Mike Hammer


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