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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
Plan B
Like A Ship Sailing
Luckyhorse Industries

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
James van Leuven is Plan B-musician, DJ, performer, and drummer for Pacifico Records indie rock band Automaton. I'd can he's lots of things, including a maker of quite interesting and pretty music, but I can't say he is a maker of music that would make me perk my ears and say, "Damn, yo, this is some mad dope shit." Well, honestly, I doubt much would make me say that, unless, of course, I was a thirteen year old white boy from upstate New York listening to Jay-Z in my pimped out blue Honda with a neon license plate frame. But I digress…

Plan B is an album that often uses samples to beef up some very well produced and tasteful yet sometimes forgettable electronica with DJ Shadow-inspired samples. For the most part, the samples lend a helping hand (see "Love"), giving it a little "umph" as Kelly Ripkin might say, and other times they are unnecessary (see "Plans for Tomorrow"). The samples often bring the album very near a state of being very good, yet somehow Like a Ship Sailing still falls just short of proper goodness. If I was going to go for an album that owes so much of its intrigue to sampling, however, I'd probably opt for last year's less low-key, all-sample Since I Left You from the Avalanches over Like A Ship Sailing.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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