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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Null Corporation
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
The Promise Ring
Electric Pink
Jade Tree Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I should have known better than to anticipate the arrival of this record in my mail box. I actually wanted to hear it, for whatever reason, even though I knew what it was going to be. It was going to be the same thing that Very Emergency was last fall - a dumb, catchy pop record that only serves to move the Prom Ring further from what made them so great in the first place. Sure, it's still all C chords, just like it's always been, but the doo-doot stuff just isn't doing it for me. It is one thing to go pop, but another to lose your fire altogether. Where I was cold to Very Emergency but eventually warmed to it, Electric Pink just leaves me with an icicle dangling from my nose.

From the tardigrade Pixies rip-off of a bass line to the "crunch" of guitars that is lifted right out of Weezer's "Say It Ain't So," the title track is a pedestrian deja-vu of all the successful alt/pop music released in the 1990s. I could have maybe lived with the track if von Bohlen had tacked "so lets do it like they do it on the Discovery Channel" on to the end of the chorus but, alas, he didn't.

If I were going to make a song about a mix tape, I'd probably want it to sound like a song someone would actually use on one. Ironically, I seriously doubt anyone will receive a 90-minute Maxell cassette from their lovey-dovey on which "Make Me a Mix Tape" appears. Honestly, how uninspiring does a song have to be to be the fourth song on a four song EP?

The Promise Ring are a great band and great guys and so cuddly cute that it's hard to not like them, but sometimes they can make it disturbingly easy. We may love to love them, but anyone who feels inspired or moved by these songs is either lying or died a few years ago. The fire lit by their older songs is fast flickering in the wind expelled by this pink balloon full of hot pop air.

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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