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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
An Exaltation of Laarks
Absolutely Kosher

Rating: 8/10 ?

February 2, 2010
During these freezing winter days, with a possible thaw nowhere in sight, my mind frequently drifts away like a lazy breeze rustling through the palm fronds on a tropical island. I dream of burying my feet in warm sand and feeling the sunshine on uncovered skin. If there is some sort of fruity drink with a few tiny umbrellas popping out of the top involved, all the better. Snapping back to a chilly reality, my sole reprieve is the promise of a coming spring in the form of Laarks' sunny pop songs.

Blasting out of musical nowhere, more commonly referred to as Minnesota, Laarks have put together one of the catchiest albums I've heard in a long time. There is a real vitality infused in the songs that doesn't seem like the product of the frozen climes of the northern midwest. Ranging from airy, straightforward rockers to slow burners reminiscent of early Death Cab, An Exaltation of Laarks keeps up the momentum and gives the listener periodic breathers with perfect pacing.

And while Laarks' record can hold its own against any recent lo-fi garage product, it also maintains just the right amount of polish to sound serious while maintaining a carefree attitude. A perfect synthesis for chasing away the winter blues.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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