Volume 95, Issue 97

Tuesday, April 9, 2002
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Van Wilder ain't no Animal House

You'll scream for Oliver!

Puttin' "compact" back in discs

Porn o' Plenty

A&E's Top 5 Restaurants of 2001-2002

Shits and Giggles

A&E: Leaving the last word to a song

Puttin' "compact" back in discs


Music Kills Me

V2 Music

Four 1/2 stars (out of five)

Rinrse's Music Kills Me definitely inspires the listener to "get a groove on."

Rinrse's eclectic sound is reminiscent of Daft Punk, yet the pulses of electronica and jazzy tones combine to make a funk sound that is all their own.

On the opening track, "Le Rock Summer," jovial disco dance rhythms are combined perfectly with the hardcore edge of guitar.

Meanwhile, "Dea Flowers" and its soulful calypso beat drives the listener to replicate its frenetic sound through bodily movement.

–Christina McKenzie


Audio Learning Center

Friendships Often Fade Away

Vagrant Records

Two 1/2 stars (out of five)

This debut record from Audio Learning Center fits neatly into Vagrant's melancholic pop-punk catalogue. It's got catchy melodies, out-of-the-diary lyrics and a singer that always finds something to cry about.

The main problem with it – been there, done that (it's all been done before).

The sappy lyrics are too much, making even the most sensitive listeners exclaim, "Get some balls!"

–Brian Wong

Lisa Loeb

Cake and Pie


Four stars (out of five)

It's hard to dislike Lisa Loeb –she writes her own lyrics, plays the guitar and is so easy on the eyes. Despite all of this, Loeb's new release is an acquired taste.

Loeb's lyrics are simple and, although they're cute at first, they become irritating as the album plays on.

Cake and Pie is sweet enough, but it resembles over-processed Hostess cupcakes rather than Mom's homemade apple pie.

–Maggie Wrobel



Shreds of Dignity

Spitfire Records

One 1/2 stars (out of five)

Pro-Pain's latest album suffers from sound-alike syndrome – a first-time listener might swear that it's all just one long song.

Despite Gary Meskil's admirable lyrical intentions, his message falls flat on its face in a sea of boring, repetitive, thrash-core metal.

Shreds of Dignity lacks harmony and melody, both of which would have provided some much-needed contrast to Meskil's raw screaming. Listening to this album in full is a truly exhausting experience.

–Megan O'Toole


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