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29 March 2004
Roomtone, Lay Awake (self-released)
While others have drooled over this work elsewhere, I'm finding it hard to place a lot of praise behind this album. To me, it seems like lead Roomtoner Nico Chiotellis is doing nothing but a weak impersonation of Radiohead and other such post rock groups so many go gaga over. And maybe that's the whole thing; perhaps Nico truly does pull off a neat cloning trick here. The only problem for m is, I can't really stand Radiohead and have never been able to fathom the constant accolades heaped upon a group that to me is nothing more than a bunch of shysters. Still, if that's your bag baby, you might fall head over heels for Lay Awake.
.: posted by Editor 5:30 PM