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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
Poulain
With Fingers Crossed
Soft Served Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There's something about Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 film Le Fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain that still has everyone I know talking, from my friend who says I remind him of the title character and his friend who is right now in the process of being courted by a girl in a very Amelie-esque manner, complete with notes and pictures, to Isaac Lekach's music. According to his publicist, with his music, Lekach, who happens to go by the name of Poulain, tries "to evoke similar emotions through Poulain's music as Jeunet did with his film."

"Simple, subtle and certainly pleasant songs about hope, love and relationships" are what Lekach is going for on this debut EP, and I'd definitely give him simple, maybe pleasant sometimes, too. With the album's male and female harmonies paired with guitar, strings, extremely simple percussion and a Wurlitzer, Poulain sounds similar to the Winter Blanket and like-minded artists. If you've ever listened to the Winter Blanket or anything similar, though, you might have thought, like I did, that their music is not that great, and I'd have to say that about Poulain. The music, though simple and sometimes pleasant, is painfully lackluster. With Fingers Crossed is missing that originality or great skill that really makes an album shine, even sparkle just a tiny bit.

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

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