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Speech Machine / Curious Punishments Of Bygone Days
Album:Curious Punishments Of Bygone Days Collection:General
Artist:Speech Machine Added:04/2006
Label:Yellow Sign Productions 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2006-08-06 Pull Date:2006-10-08 
Week Ending:24 Sep10 Sep27 Aug20 Aug

 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 08, 2006:Multiple Personality Disorder
4.Aug 26, 2006:What's in the Icebox?
Loser Girl
2.Sep 22, 2006:Finneman's Market
Loser Girl
5.Aug 20, 2006:Multiple Personality Disorder
3.Sep 03, 2006:Multiple Personality Disorder
New Song
6.Aug 13, 2006:Multiple Personality Disorder
New Song

Album Review
Reviewed 2006-08-05 
Mature, hushed indie pop and '70s rock with delicate vocals and folksy flavorings. Detached melodies that are sometimes brooding and sometimes sing-songy. Very good home production with well placed sounds and effects. Music and lyrics written between 1988 and 2005(!) by one-man-band Martin Charlebois. Generally rather boring, low/mid energy throughout with no surprises.

FCC: 12
(Somewhat arbitrary) Picks: 1, 4, 7, 9, 11

*1. 4:45 Light rock. Tinkling cymbal first 10 sec. then muted guitar strums, breaks to nice groove at 0:55.
2. 4:04 Light pop rock, drags a bit.
3. 6:49 Jazzy intro builds to dark, whisper-voiced rock with lots of low end. Distinction between acoustic and electric sections keeps the song from dragging too much.
*4. 3:56 Light acid rock. Broken-voiced tenor vox. Fade-out.
5. 2:15 Light acoustic singer/songwriter sound.
6. 6:45 Folk rock. Dark, with creepy, hollow guitar effects. Stagnant fade last 20-sec.
*7. 4:58 Acoustic rock. More upbeat and catchy, with nice subtle sounds towards the end.
8. 3:03 Acoustic rock. Soft and kind of boring.
*9. 4:00 '70s rock. Cool scratchy guitar towards end.
10. 5:16 Dark rock waltz. Builds nicely, a bit long.
*11. 3:13 Acoustic, tribal tom pulse with guitars etching the background. 8-sec. outro
12. 3:36 (FCC ind) Light rock waltz. muffled vox.
13. 11:18 Light rock, builds to higher energy with anthemic guitars. Abrupt change to reversed sounds at 6:11. Ho-hum hidden song for rest of track.

Track Listing
1.Loser Girl 7.Worn Out Love
2.Saved 8.Used Karma
3.Dream Girl 9.New Song
4.All The Neatest Places 10.Moonlit Sun
5.Opal Faces 11.Monsoon
6.Suffering 12.Cinnamon
 13.In The End