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Discover America

Discover America: PsychologyPsychology (2005)
Tooth & Nail Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: Sally_FieldMeg
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Reading a band's influences before you actually listen to the band can be a fatal mistake. You see some of your favourite bands, perhaps even more than one, and your hopes rise beyond unimaginable heights. Rarely do you actually find a band who in ways mirrors its influences and closely resembles th.
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Reading a band's influences before you actually listen to the band can be a fatal mistake. You see some of your favourite bands, perhaps even more than one, and your hopes rise beyond unimaginable heights. Rarely do you actually find a band who in ways mirrors its influences and closely resembles them enough to use them as a comparison. If choosing amazing influences and sounding quite similar to them was a game, Chris Staples surely succeeds in Discover America's release, Psychology. On the subject of influences, name-dropping the Pixies, Blonde Redhead, Yo La Tengo, and Burning Airlines definitely gives something to stand up to. And Discover America manages to do that and more.

Psychology's first track, "Call It In The Air," is a brilliantly chosen track to captivate the listener. Using so many instruments it's hard to even distinguish them, Staples presents one of the most quirky, mellow yet upbeat albums released within the past two years. "Call It In The Air" is more addicting than a Kelly Clarkson brand of heroin. I know, that doesn't even make sense. However, the song is addicting in nonsensical ways. The album's second track, "1986," boasts a melody that your brain will not soon be rid of post-listen. With themes ranging from the afterlife to "faking hipness," Discover America has a lot of advice to offer its listener.

Acoustic guitars, lo-fi beats, and catchy rhythms can all be found throughout this record frequently. "From The 100th Floor" may bring you back to Death Cab For Cutie's You Can Play These Songs With Chords days, with the solid and cohesive, yet old-fashioned, weathered sound which frequently emerges throughout the album.

There's not much to be said about Discover America that hasn't been said of its various influences. The band offers a unique and impressive sound, which has become a rarity as of late. With such a solid, crucial record such as this, this reviewer must stress the importance of discovering this band and the beauty in which Chris Staples produces.

 

 
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swingline (June 13, 2005)

anyone see lohan at the mtv movie awards? hot stufff. oh and nichole richie is pretty cool. i'd hit it.

Inspection12e (June 13, 2005)

Well anything would be better then the "trees" Marlon.

Anonymous (June 12, 2005)

sally...are you a woman/girl/female? or any combo of the three

- phuck mcphuckyduck

Marlon (June 12, 2005)

The way to my heart.. or ass rather.. is, surely, saying "good review."

Well now I know what I'm doing wrong...

Sally_Field (June 11, 2005)

The way to my heart.. or ass rather.. is, surely, saying "good review."

ElVaquero (June 11, 2005)

Definitely right about that first song.

Good review, too.

You're just trying to get some ass.

maverick (June 10, 2005)

This record did absolutely nothing for me. I don't get why so many people are raving about it.

Twothirtyeight was pretty great, however.

-Scott

Inspection12e (June 10, 2005)

Less talk, more fashion.

I dig the freckles but not the red hair.

Kenjamin (June 10, 2005)

heroin is not a fashionable drug. It's definitely the cocaine diet.

DestroyingTheScene (June 10, 2005)

Actually, it's herion and orange juice. Cocaine is the snack food, my bad.

DestroyingTheScene (June 10, 2005)

And Anchors, the diet is "cocaine and orange juice"

DestroyingTheScene (June 10, 2005)

I have a huuuuge fetish for freckles and red hair, fuck platinum blonde shit

Marlon (June 10, 2005)

I liked her better when she was chunky.

Anchors (June 10, 2005)

The same thing that happened to the other 35 pounds she used to have. Heroin and the Mary Kate Olsen diet.

Inspection12e (June 10, 2005)

What happened to her freckles?

swingline (June 10, 2005)

lindsay lohan with no freckles and blonde hair is so fucking hot.

Sally_Field (June 10, 2005)

thnx

Inspection12e (June 10, 2005)

Sally Field takes all.

Kenjamin (June 10, 2005)

yo I'll take Michelle Branch over Kelly Clarkson anyday - musically and in the sack.

Inspection12e (June 10, 2005)

I really like this too.

inagreendase (June 10, 2005)

Definitely right about that first song.

Good review, too.

vocalyouth (June 10, 2005)

this is not nearly as good as chris staples previous project, twothirtyeight. but it still has some good songs on it.

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