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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
Cement Head
February Girls
Self-Released

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
As the title track opens up this second album for Cement Head, the inevitable inspirations of Superchunk and Dinosaur Jr. set the tone for a very pleasant release. While this, in turn, means that they sound quite a bit like early 90s college nostalgia - like so many others - and may not turn heads for their originality, their parity of wholesome fun and power-pop flair makes them an enjoyable listen.

Their more straightforward tendencies would place them squarely at home among the acts of International Pop Overthrow, sideling up to Frisbie for crowd favor. Gentle, friendly harmonies adorn "All That You Want To", with the inherent purpose of lightening moods. While there is a bit of grit underlying their basic pop structures, it is impossible to peg February Girls as anything but cheery.

The content of their personal music collections remains evident, as "New One for Sale" presents their best Guided by Voices impression; grainy and melodic to the point of flattery. Most notably, the band evokes a similar sort of easy smiles and natural energy, visiting "Seaside City" in a speeding automobile - the band recalls a more buoyant era where refrains about summer, girls, and deuce coups made for a more attractive day. To function in its purest sense, power-pop must be necessarily simple: Cement Head puts this lesson in practice through seven high-spirited, sugary tracks.

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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