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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
PSB Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I want to live in Andy Lemaster's world. From what I gather, it's a magical place filled with cheerily ironic cartoon images and cool music. With The Few driving from Los Angeles to Athens, Georgia, where Mr. Lemaster was to produce their first album, for they got the official invitation. Congratulations are in order, because they fit in as model citizens.

For once, the bio of inspired artists wasn't making false claims; as The Replacements, The Cure, and Elvis Costello are close at hand. Glorious fuzz soaks vigorous pop structures and emphasizes the sweep of 80s indulgence. "Blue Eyes" recalls one of Springsteen's radio-friendly, easily themed rock gems, forceful and switched-on. "Living in My Skin" takes a different side of these times by pouring Conor Oberst-style vocals into an expansive take on the Simple Minds. Melodic guitars steady the highs and lows, echoing the classically pertinent stylings of Superchunk - as a result, the album is happily fluid and easy on the ears, with a chronically upbeat outlook in check.

Tightly knit and fun!, The Few could have been an effective "party band" on some popular late-80s melodrama that was saved week after week by its cool guest stars. The songs have both the strength and ease to stand on their own, effectively flaunting knowledge of what makes a great single; and on the whole sharing an enjoyable detour in mood elevation.

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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