Some Velvet Sidewalk

I Scream

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The I Scream EP presents some interesting juxtapositions to the listener -- the record includes two mixes each for "Ice Cream Overdrive" and "Shame," with top-flight producer Steve Fisk's technical recontextualizations of the songs (complete with pseudo hip-hop beats and washes of sound). These arrangements become marginally interesting largely in contrast to the garagey simplicity of Al Larsen's songwriting. The EP's remaining track is "I Blame You," another example of how Larsen's songwriting can occasionally shift into a boorish and uninspired mode.

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