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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
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
Living in Blue
Lucid Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

October 1, 2004
It takes a certain kind of guy to wear low-rise jeans. Some look downright sleazy and disgusting, while others just look silly or effeminate. I have a feeling the gentlemen in The Blackouts, however, could pull it off.

Their snappy, contagious rock channels one part Strummer and one part Jagger, strutting and swaggering with every sense of rightfulness. They can pay five times as much for "designer vintage" clothing and make it work by looking hot. Sure, they spent too much, but they're having a great time.

Simply stated, "Something... I Can't Say" is one of the most fun songs to appear since Ted Leo's latest hurrah. As loping video game guitars end out the piece, we can envision the band spilling bottled water into the crowd - it's not cheap beer, mind you, but a modern take on a classic sentiment.

Much of the album retains that air of fawning starlets and too much cologne. It is haughty and disgusting to some, but somehow appealing to others. Differences crop up with "I Have Found Mine," which seems slightly serious and self-important with its strained guitar intro and straight, grim tone, and the closing "Open Casket Access" which clocks in over six minutes and would overstay its welcome save for some stuttering, raucous guitars.

In all, The Blackouts represent a world of smarmy fun, and while they may not have the stuff of legends, they're making the most of every night on the town.

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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