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    Casiotone 4 Th Painfully Alone – “Young Shields ” – [Tomlab]

    Laconic, ironic, squelchaphonic pop tarts from Owen Ashworth.
    Tarts as in bitter. The Prince cover on the flip side aims
    to underwhelm the listener with droopy vocals, hyperdorkoid
    keys and a beat that moves like a Bozo punching-bag. I assume
    one goal is to have the listener go, “Wait…that’s, no it,
    yeah it is…”. And then to add spelling to injury the title
    is printed out as “When You Were Mine.” R U okay? Anyways
    maybe the juxtaposition is the justification, as the pop
    song on the A-side is lyrically smarter and more smarting.
    Again irony runs rich in the anemic blood stream, but it’s
    now mixed with a swirl of nihilism and the Casiotone gets
    pushed about 37 clicks to the right of the ultra-limp preset
    on the Prince cover. This song’s got more drive, I could see
    someone hooking this up to a Basic Channel bassline, like
    pumping the 98-lb weakling up with steroids. The lyrics are
    of the teenage wasteland variety, so that’s sure to be a
    hit with the in-crowd of outcasts. Owen, you’re not alone.
    Again the words, the rhyming, the meter and delivery are
    all excellent on “Young Shields.” Look forward to a full
    album devoid of covers, and aiming straight for the heart of
    today’s cultural void. -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 11, 2006 at 9:21 am
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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