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The Evaporators
Ripple Rock
Alternative Tentacle

Nardwuar “The Human Serviette” releases The Evaporators album Ripple Rock with a very clear audience in mind: youth who devote hours of their time looking for the next popular catch phrase and a quick laugh. However, this comedic rock album delivers much more.

The band quickly establishes its garage band sound with the first track, “Addicted to Cheese,” which is refreshingly under-produced and shows The Evaporators did what they wanted on the album. While it is tempting to dismiss an album with songs named “I Feel Like a Fat Frustrated Fuck” and “Barney Rubble is My Double” as musically irrelevant, the melodies are surprisingly inspired and memorable.

“I’ve Got Icicles On My Testicles,” a song about striking back at the hydro company, will likely be the most enjoyable and identifiable track for students.

If listening to an album that exhibits Nardwuar’s quirky and potentially annoying voice isn’t very enticing, all lovers of good journalism should check out the bonus interviews featured on the album with Jean Chrétien, Ernest Angley and other clueless notables.

—Paul Leishman

Start Something

While they may look like a boy band on acid, Lostprophets have risen from relative obscurity in the British music scene and released an album that manages to stand out in a genre of excessive imitation.

Though the sophomore album from Britain’s hottest nu-metal band is more mainstream, thus more likely to receive more radio play, fans of the band — who spell their name “Lostprophets” because they think spaces are for losers — won’t be disappointed with this new release.

The first single, “Last Train Home,” starts off melodically, but ends with crushing guitar riffs and screaming background vocals sure to have even the most stuck-up of music critics take notice. Overall, the album showcases maturity both in writing and musical ability, and a sound that is more diverse than most of their competitors (think Linkin Park).

The only drawback is the fact that almost all signs of DJ Jamie Oliver’s work is non-existent, taking a backseat to more intricate guitar and drum beats. Regardless, the Lostprophets have created a strong album from start to finish.

—Justin Manuel



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