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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

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
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Fridge
Happiness
Temporary Residence Ltd.

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Most people can't remember their own birth, or the pain that that first bubble of air may have caused once it hit the lungs. And everything probably happened in slow motion- perhaps too much of a shock to deal with at such a vast transition from the pillow-like comfort of the womb to the harsh cascade of cold, bleach white blur of the outside as we know it.

From the earliest days of memory, there is a soundtrack waiting to re-emerge from the depths of everything you thought you forgot- perhaps you'll hear a wind-up toy, or a mother's humming voice calling back to those days, to reminisce.

To those of you who like interesting sounds, who listen to music avidly (and you do!), or enjoy even the slightest details of daily ambience (leaves crunching underfoot, the bark of a dog, or the scraping of wind against a window), there is a product of indispensable homage to everything formerly stated. It seems almost odd to refer to the stereotypical use of "electronic" as being stereotypically "timeless." In fact, it's almost impossible in most cases. Electronic music as we know it, is a staple of the modern- and holds it's reign as being a phenomenon of the 20th Century and so on.

So, here is Fridge's Happiness, and it is the most timeless electronic records of this year. Mainly meaning that it conjures moods that are very much human and dateless out of similarly very complex and otherworldly instances of mechanical sound; sounds that are not stereotypical of most electronic music, or as the foundations for which tunes have been created in the past.

Each song showcases (and as their titles will have you know) several samples of different sounds that were used as key players in the assembling of the melodies and tunes that make up each track. The titles, just to name a few like "Melodica and Trombone", "Cut Up Piano and Xylophone", and "Five Four Child Voice", all use their mentioned instruments/subjects/time signatures as the building blocks for creating all the beautiful moments of sound that holds Happiness together and puts Fridge above most post-rock and electronic groups.

These songs carve their own unique and sonic paths. And all through the record, there are instances where, sometimes, the simplest sounds of the everyday are exposed to be awe-inspiring in the right context…as if they were being heard for the first time.

Reviewed by Trevor Naud
Trevor Naud is a former staff writer for LAS and a former sex symbol and guitarist of the band Red Shirt Brigade. He currently plays music with South South Million and PAS/CAL.

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