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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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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
Poor Rich Ones
Joe Maynard's Favourites
Five One Inc.

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Yes, friends, names have been dropped. Comparisons to the Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Coldplay, and Kent have been garnered, and after finding out the Poor Rich Ones are proud winners of the Spellemannsprise (the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy) for their previous work, I was interested to see what had been duly earned.

What arrives in their latest, Joe Maynard's Favourites, is a tapestry of instrumentation woven with the gauze of heaven as its inspiration. The wavering high notes cascade to where Thom Yorke once found a more accessible splendor, showing great care to those still-cherished dynamics. Texture and passion tangle within each other as Mr. Willam Hut embraces the pop-hued call to pick up where OK Computer was abandoned, and does so with formidable grace.

As the soaring of majestic vocals build to top the swelling layers, the feel is of a plaintive prayer to a newly rediscovered God, crying out for proof of his existence. "Old Age and Failures" begins like a tavern-set consolation that is no longer content in the falsehood of the lifestyle, and so screams for redemption in an eroded parking lot. Many of the tracks follow the same pattern of complacency bordering on salvation in Hut's throaty, passionate restlessness.

Tracks such as "Strong" show that abstract ululations can embrace as well as they distance, bringing these ethereal pieces together for a fittingly existential (and surprisingly comforting) attempt to leave the body through the vocal chords. All praise and heady comparison have been rightfully proven by the time this third track sets in, and there are still thirteen more journeys to endeavor upon under such competent guidance.

Other highlights include the lamenting jig, "Other Days", the sparkling and off-center "English Popsong", the meticulously threaded "Habit", and the lofty lullaby, "Mummy"; but there are only so many words that can describe a work of this immediate affinity and magnitude - truly, you would be doing yourself a favor to hasten an introduction to the Poor Rich Ones.

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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