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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
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Fat Possum
Alkaline Trio
Maybe I\'ll Catch Fire
Asian Man Records

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Another fine example that I'm not as hip as I'd like to be, this is the first time I've heard the Alkaline Trio. Sure, I've heard of them from just about everyone, but this is my first listen. I guess their big thing is the ex-Smoking Pope on drums, but I never listened to the Smoking Popes so they're pretty much three nobodies to me. Or at least they were. I'll remember them now.

Much in the way of someone like Blink 182 or Jimmy Eat World, Alkaline Trio don't really do anything at all original but rely on their energy to turn heads. They're the same kind of pop-punk with a bit of an edge that we've heard in countless basements across this great nation in that they're nothing special where writing is concerned, but in delivery they are another matter. Even on CD, this band exudes jumpy energy, a pent up punk rock aggression that, dare I say it, gets my fist pumping. The vocals impress like - I hate to say it - that guy from the Offspring most of the time, but the lyrics more than make up for it:

"Shaking like a dog shitting razor blades/ I've got a big fat fucking bone to pick with you my darling/ I wish you'd take my radio to bathe with you plugged in and ready to fall"

"Fuck you Aurora"

"I'm now huffing gas and sniffing paint to take away this buzz that I call you."

Their repertoire isn't anything special, but their delivery is catchy as hell. This record has some of the biggest hooks since captain Ahab snagged old Moby Dick, infectious as no body's business. After an initial so/so reaction I now find myself putting this album on REPEAT, especially for songs like the title track and the bitter "Radio." They're so revved, I'd feel comfortable drawing some lines to Jawbreaker in these songs. And I can't tell you how nice it is to hear some pissed off guys with some aggression and cynicism amidst all of these crying emo sissies.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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