Entries from May 2001

Science Knows No Sin, Distance Holds Your Mystery (Science Knows No Records)

May 29th, 2001 · Comments Off on Science Knows No Sin, Distance Holds Your Mystery (Science Knows No Records)

Science Knows No Sin Distance Holds Your Mystery Science Knows No Records By: Eric Greenwood Science Knows No Sin is a Columbia, South Carolina quartet that strews intricate melodies throughout its hazy, effects-laden rock. On its debut full-length, the band struggles with the threat of rock and roll versus a mannered and controlled atmosphere. The […]

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The Icarus Line, Mono (Crank!)

May 24th, 2001 · Comments Off on The Icarus Line, Mono (Crank!)

The Icarus Line Mono Crank! By: Eric Greenwood The testosterone overload on The Icarus Line's debut full-length makes you wonder if there's something the band is trying to compensate for. It's almost too good to be true. The full-throttle punk rock assault may be a carbon copy of Drive Like Jehu's patented California sound, but […]

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Weezer, S/T (Geffen)

May 20th, 2001 · Comments Off on Weezer, S/T (Geffen)

Weezer S/T Geffen By: Eric Greenwood I had always hated Weezer until a friend of mine gave me a mix tape with "Pink Triangle" off Pinkerton on it. The band that I had once pegged as hammy and slick throwaway pop punk now sounded self-effacing and intelligent and catchy all at the same time. I […]

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Film School, Brilliant Career (Me Too!)

May 20th, 2001 · Comments Off on Film School, Brilliant Career (Me Too!)

Film School Brilliant Career Me Too! By: Eric Greenwood Film School is a self-proclaimed "project" with revolving members. Must be serious. It even has famous special guests. Well, not really. It's just another moody, sprawling, lo-fi rock album that guys from Fuck and Pavement play on. Krayg Burton is the only constant member of Film […]

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Saso, Warmed Up (Melted Snow)

May 19th, 2001 · Comments Off on Saso, Warmed Up (Melted Snow)

Saso Warmed Up Melted Snow By: Eric Greenwood Saso's Warmed Up EP looks like a piece of bubblegum with its light pink and baby blue artwork, but it sounds like a slowly shifting mass, comprised of warm analogue textures. The atmosphere is sparse with steady, unobtrusive percussion and stark guitars. Spoken word samples infiltrate "I'll […]

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Depeche Mode, Exciter (Mute / Reprise)

May 19th, 2001 · Comments Off on Depeche Mode, Exciter (Mute / Reprise)

Depeche Mode Exciter Mute / Reprise By: Eric Greenwood Depeche Mode flirted with irrelevancy with 1993's overly dramatic and grunge-tinged Songs Of Faith And Devotion, but like so many colossal 1980's holdover bands with too many obsessive fans Depeche Mode talked itself into carrying on, despite singer Dave Gahan's personal turmoil and the prospect of […]

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Modern English, Life In The Gladhouse (1980-1984) (4ad)

May 12th, 2001 · Comments Off on Modern English, Life In The Gladhouse (1980-1984) (4ad)

Modern English Life In The Gladhouse (1980-1984) 4ad By: Eric Greenwood After sitting through this Modern English retrospective in its entirety (comprised of the 4AD years only, thank you), I am utterly perplexed as to where the early 80’s bubble gum alternative hit “I Melt With You” came from. Not a single other song on […]

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Tortoise, Standards (Thrill Jockey)

May 10th, 2001 · Comments Off on Tortoise, Standards (Thrill Jockey)

Tortoise Standards Thrill Jockey By: Eric Greenwood On its fourth album, Tortoise seems content to buy into the hype that it is, in fact, the pioneering band that fawning critics purport it to be. On the band's last album, TNT, it used the old "studio as an instrument" trick to explain away the utter lifelessness […]

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