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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Baby Carrot
Play Every Day
Some Guy Down the Street Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
On Play Every Day, Baby Carrot's debut full length after an apparent eight years of existence, it is captivating to think of how the band got to the point of where the album is. Eight years is a long time folks, and you can almost visualize these guys from Frisco cooped up in their dank garage just waiting for the right time to unleash their little beast of pop.

Baby Carrot has an off-kilter but coherent blend of big riffs, math precision, and tender acoustic stumbling with vocalist Dave Power as the role of the friendly nerd next door; the guy you hear earnestly trying to sing over the undulation of the lawnmower, his gentle voice almost afraid to be heard. Bassist Andy Chapman fills the low end of the record with crunch and grit as drummer Dennis Galway holds the architecture in place with reserved steadiness.

At times, the songs shift into power chord assaults that lend themselves to robustness of Mudhoney- or even Nirvana, but quickly sputter into more advanced time shifts, poppy hooks, down tempos, and straight up minimalism.

While Play Every Day isn't mind blowing by any stretch of the word, it still gracefully exudes the term "econo-rock" by never getting too overboard or self-indulgent with its instrumental prowess (a quality a lot of bands lack). Each member plays a vital and independent role in the sound as a whole; a well nutritioned exoskeleton that makes up each of these oddly constructed pop songs.

Reviewed by Trevor Naud
Trevor Naud is a former staff writer for LAS and a former sex symbol and guitarist of the band Red Shirt Brigade. He currently plays music with South South Million and PAS/CAL.

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