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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

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
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
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
First Night on Earth
No One Knows Anything For Sure
Liquilab Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This band is aptly named. The way the singer talks about you, you feel like a 3 year old. We can appreciate a healthy dose of agnosticism, but they may just be better off dropping the words altogether. It would allow the spacey atmosphere, achieved through guitar effects and keyboards on top of what would be a soft-pop band, room to breathe. The female voice is very well-placed in some of the songs ("The Thrill" and "Get It Out"), but she also often sounds like she's talking cutesy to a baby. Is this supposed to be a lullaby for young adults?

From "Misunderstood" on, the lead vocalist acts like some kind of therapist, helping us to take that next step that we could probably take without his help. We just pay him to put the advice to music. The core of this problem seems to be that he sounds condescending because he constantly tells the listeners what they think, rather than suggesting an idea and letting them think for themselves.

"Misunderstood" would be a great track if not for this immediate mistake. The dark, quiet verse part moves into a light and uplifting chorus. "The Other Knowers" is a mediocre song with a comforting theme (re: the album title), but the best track at the head of the album has to be "The Thrill", featuring an enchanting mixture of male and female vocals with guitar and rising, hypnotic percussion. "Someday" and "Subside" follow without too much direct vocal interruption. The songs are not that noticeable, but therein lies their beauty. They share that of the ocean tide's constant pulse. "Get It Out" has glimmering, processed guitar and held vowel sounds that emphasize the voice as an instrument. The real gems, however, are "I've Been Told" and "Tradition Is Boring". The first dabbles in some sharper guitar sounds, and the second uses as many electronic effects as possible without sounding cluttered (even a vibrato voice effect on the chorus), bringing it almost to Mega Man soundtrack level - which would probably be the ultimate compliment. It would be better if First Night On Earth played more songs like this.

Reviewed by Lance Birch


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