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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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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Adolfo's Reversal
Adolfo's Reversal
Six Gun Lover

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This is the strangest combination I've heard in quite a while. Imagine Bela Fleck and Holst trying to break up a fight that features Carlos Santana and Joni Mitchell being bludgeoned by a number of Jazz Legends, while Roger Waters and Jethro Tull scratch their heads and wonder what in the hell is happening.

The music that Adolfo's Reversal has laid down on this disc is somewhat perplexing. Somehow, these guys have rolled jazz, classical, and maybe even salsa, up in a thin layer of rock confusion without sounding schizophrenic. The task would seem to be improbable, especially when given the fact that the chief songwriter, Zach Hennard is only eighteen years old. He seems to be possessed by the spirits of every musician who has passed on, as well as some that are still with us.

The five songs/instrumentals on this self-titled release are individually interesting, yet, by the end of the disc I find that I have drifted a short distance away. Three minutes or so and it's completely evident that the musicians are talented, after that it just seems like they might be showing off. There are some tempo and feeling changes on this record that are literally frightening in their goodness. Still the songs move forward, making me wonder why my interest started to fade in the first place. The record is not boring. Maybe it lulled me into a semi-hypnotic trance or I began daydreaming to some of the more soothing textures on the disc. Whatever the reason, I'm sure that if I saw Adolfo's Reversal play live, my eyes would be open wide and my mouth would gape in awe.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey


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