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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
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
Spank Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
When left with the task of reviewing this debut EP, it is easier to take it apart bit by bit, matching the mislabeled tracks to their humbling influences.

The opening "Little Man" recalls one of those Folk Implosion songs that beg the question, "Why did this one end up on the album?" Its tone is lo-fi and semi-danceable in a Lou Barlow fashion, but it doesn't quite come together.

"Wishing Well" is full-on pop-rock number, complete with a tight little maraca section. It would fit well behind the action of a Powerpuff Girls episode, as it borders on cutesy and saccharine, but holds its appeal in a high-octane pace.

The third track, "Wet", lags indefinitely. Whereas the preceding tracks intended to attract their audience, Fourteen hits a brick wall, all at once. Its slow, droning pace may recall a more bizarre soundscape indicated by the album's title, but comes off more as a meandering ode to Steve Perry than anything heroic or exploratory.

The momentum returns, albeit slowly, with "Space," an attempt at texture that at times illuminates the holes in their production, sounding more like a poor man's Afghan Whigs with a slight case of dropsy.

"Will You Return" takes a brief pause for a light acoustic ballad that seems to more proficiently showcase their skills for fine picking, delicacy, and lofty harmonies. It could be one of the millions of tracks Bob Pollard left off of his latest Guided by Voices four-track, and in a forlorn plea to the Smiths, it takes a foray into the band's heartfelt side.

Lastly, "Strange" reveals what tends to be the band's true essence: somewhat bland alterna-pop on par with one too many bar bands. Undeniably, the Space_ EP runs the gamut of influences, but fails to impersonate any of them well enough to truly rise above minor league status. Unfortunately, the lasting impression of Space_ is that it fails to make one.

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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