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Yourcodenameis: Milo
All Roads to Fault
Beggars Group

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It's no secret I like the Beggars Group - they provide me with my much-needed fix of 4AD. I'm downright ravenous when it comes to their stuff, and I've come to expect a certain amount of greatness before even putting in one of their CDs. I admit this is a lot to live up to, which is why I preface this review by saying so.

Yourcodenameis:Milo has garnered a lot of praise. They've been voted Best British Newcomer by Kerrang Magazine. They've been compared to Fugazi, Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine and the Deftones. I feel bad I've missed the boat, because outside of a few tangential touches, I just don't hear it. I have a feeling I'll regret this later, when they produce a work that just blows me away, but for now, All Roads to Fault just doesn't connect.

What I hear is the late end of the emo trend. It sounds, to me, like aggressive, guitar heavy emo-punk, or at least in light of the underground. It reminds me, to a large extent, of McLusky, and to a lesser extent, of Sunny Day Real Estate, Thursday or Sparta. However, it's got a hyperemotional tinge to it that, frankly, comes off as a little whiney. Maybe I've just heard too many pangs of despair come forth from vocals like theirs; maybe I'm just projecting a little weariness on my part. It just doesn't live up to my expectations.

That said, I can hear what other critics are getting at. To be fair, there are some fairly fascinating elements of angular sound and instrumental detail, particularly on the standout, "Iron Chef." Overall, though, I'm going to have to chalk this one up to a mantra of "wait and see," or perhaps more accurately, "wait and recant."

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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