May 3, 2007

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Midnight Movies, Lion the Girl
New Line Records, 2007

Wonders Never Cease Department: it always seems that whenever one of the no-dollar-left-unplucked movie conglomerates deigns to grace us with the presence of their hastily signed musical artistes it’s emo paint-by-numbers, so our squeals of delight could be heard for miles when Midnight Movies turned out to be Connie Francis meets Bauhaus. Okay, that only describes this album’s first 30 seconds, but there’s definitely something deeper here if you count Cranberries as deep. No? Well, you have to like Garbage, man, everybody does. “Hide Away” sounds like Garbage riding the notes of “Suffragette City” into mid-tempo bar-band hell, and that oughtta fix you but good, but in case you’re going to be all hardcore alt-rock about it there’s some Jesus and Mary Chain mud-bathing in “Lion Song,” a brilliantly Kafkaesque maneuver that will leave you speechless. Heck, if I weren’t speechless myself I’d probably mumble something about five undergrads posturing on a whim. CEric W. Saeger