Logic Will Break Your Heart
First Appeared at The Music Box, February 2004, Volume 11, #2
Written by John Metzger
For those who firmly believe that U2 peaked with War and The Unforgettable Fire, for those who wish Morrissey would reignite the passion that filled his work with The Smiths, then The Stills’ Logic Will Break Your Heart may be the best thing to be released in 2003. Like other rising stars such as The White Stripes and The Strokes, The Stills’ debut doesn’t really break new ground. Instead, it revisits the classics, offering a distillation of the various permutations of garage rock with near-perfect precision. In The Stills’ case, its music is largely set within the ’80s — although wisps of everyone from Neil Young to Teenage Fanclub and from The Cure to Travis lurk beneath the surface — but in the end, the result is the same. Its posturing is purely anti-Britney, anti-Christina, anti-Justin, and anti-American Idol at a time when this is needed most. More importantly, it sounds terrific. With a thunderous roar of drums and bass and a cascading waterfall of jangly guitar, The Stills comfortably fires through its twelve songs with a rush of adrenaline and all the brooding angst it can muster. Long live rock, indeed!
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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