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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
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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
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Fat Possum
Your Majesty
Vagrant Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
A few years ago, the Anniversary appeared on the scene under the wing of emo-heart-throbs The Get Up Kids. Armed with a more keyboard centric approach to the somewhat typical sounding quiet verse meets loud anthemic chorus style of rock, The Anniversary were cast as emo-core's version of The Rentals in the movie where the Get Up Kids played a less talented Weezer.

Though their hyped up Atari-pop garnered the band quite a bit of attention from the backpack and badges set, it was quite apparent that they were capable of more than what their kitschy and cute sound led people to believe.

With the arrival of Your Majesty, skinny kids The Anniversary have done the time warp again, sauntering and stumbling into the drug hazed world of straight up 70s rock. And it is surprisingly well done.

Your Majesty finds the band delving into the warmer and majestic realm of rock more akin to Neil Young, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, and Blue Oyster Cult than the world of That Dog. Even though some traces of prior influences show up (Rentals like harmonies abound on many of the tracks, including "Ghost of the River," and the Moog keyboard makes an appearance every now and again), the band manages to be convincing and sincere enough about their new sound that you would hardly know they were the same group who produced Designing a Nervous Breakdown. Though some of the work on the album is about a hair from being cheesy and cockrockish, there is enough melody, interesting guitar interplay, and not to mention impeccable production work from Rob Schnapf (Beck and Elliott Smith), to save the Anniversary from becoming too mocking and retro.

Though the transition from jocking the 80s to jocking the 70s never proves to be a good or a bad thing for the band, it sure is a step in the right direction and out of from the shadow of the increasingly lame Get Up Kids. With Your Majesty, the Anniversary comes across as a band comfortable in their own skin, making genuine nods to music their parents would be proud to listen to, instead of getting all fat and harping on Weezer.

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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