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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
»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
The New Year
The New Year
Touch & Go

Rating: 7/10 ?


September 29, 2008
For my benefit, a friend once recounted a memorable make-out session that he had had with a younger girl while listening to the band Bedhead. Something about a bottle of Old Crow whiskey and a hand-job (given, not received). Not really wanting the details, out of politeness I asked which album they were listening to, and left the questioning there. While I can't say that I have had any comparable experiences involving the sounds of Matt and Bubba Kadane, the brothers' albums at the helm of Bedhead were, and continue to be, immensely enjoyable to listen to.

With Bedhead having ceased to be some years ago, I was naturally excited to learn that The New Year is likewise led by the Kidane brothers. Even without that knowledge, soon after diving into the band's eponymous third album it would have been impossible to not be instantly reminded of the brothers' former band. Not exactly a continuation of Bedhead, The New Year takes familiar elements and reworks them to create something different, yet just as enjoyable.

Most noticeably, the Kidanes' vocals are moved up in the mix and no longer sound faint and hushed. This time the lyrical delivery is a distinct part of each song, rather than an atmospheric flourish hiding out in the periphery. Musically, The New Year is more varied than Bedhead was; the album starts off with a few uptempo numbers and, as a whole, refrains from pinning itself down to one kind of sound. The songs are well structured and concise, which gives the 10-track album a compact feel.

It goes without saying that The New Year is an album that will draw comparisons to the Kidane brothers' previous group. The good news is that in the face of such unavoidable observations, the album easily stands up on its own.

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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