November 23, 2006

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The Fade-Outs, The Fade-Outs
Naked Ear Records, 2006

Gibbering weirdo-pop that required seven New England Institute of Art students to get its imaginary point across. This bunch should immediately cease using The Noise as a press reference seeing as how the zine’s web-version CD reviewer made it clear he would have gladly copy-pasted “This sucks” 75 times to meet his 150-word quota, but to be fair he may not have heard of Sufjan Stevens, who’s at least one musical garbage disposal loosely comparable to this. Essentially one could speed up a karaoke-ready version of a Captain and Tennille album, dub in some Platters vocals and you’d have this grotesque experiment, a show-and-tell thingamajig for the nice docile straight-A kids of the semester, you know, the ones in the front row who lunch with the Music History professor and choke on their stale pitas when he imparts half-true trivia-niblets about Schubert’s bathing habits and rot like that. Someone hosed them into working a bastardization of the theme from Welcome Back Kotter into “Summer Girl,” probably the dear prof, but someone should definitely hang. D+

— Eric W. Saeger