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Dubstar Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Sarah Blackwood, Steve Hillier and Chris Wilkie first appeared as Dubstar in 1994. Hillier's floating synths, Wilkie's chiming guitar and the ever-plaintive vocals from Sarah Blackwood drew comparisons to Pet Shop Boys, The Smiths and Kirsty MacColl, while the band regularly added Cocteau Twins and One Dove among their greatest influences.

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  • Audio CD (8 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Food
  • ASIN: B000024JKX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stars
2. Anywhere
3. Just A Girl She Said
4. Elevator Song
5. The Day I See You Again
6. Week In Week Out
7. Not So Manic Now
8. Popdorian
9. Not Once, Not Ever
10. St. Swithin's Day
11. Disgraceful

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Dubstar operated in the same terrain as The Beautiful South and Morrissey--there's a very flat sense of Northern melancholy about them, all high rises and low self-esteem. This is especially so on "Not So Manic Now" about a girl unable to leave her flat since she was assaulted and "Just A Girl She Said", a cold study of an emotionally abusive sexual relationship delivered in authentically numb tones by Halifax-born vocalist Sarah Blackwood. Whereas The Beautiful South revel in semi-detached greyness, however, and Morrissey is prone to lyrically provocative gestures, Dubstar match the deadpan restraint of their lyrics with a sparkling techno-indie soundtrack, courtesy of Chris Wilkie's janglepop guitar and programmer Steve Wilkie's layers of synthesizer. The sumptuous "Stars" and ska-flecked "Elevator Song" in particular hint at a backdrop of teasing glamour and neon lights against which disappointingly ordinary lives are led. --David Stubbs

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album of the 1990's 9 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
The creativity in pop music that died in the mid-1980's with the introduction of assembly-line manufacturing of mainstream acts, only to witness the introduction, later in the decade, of melody-deprived rap, the launching of ugly grunge sounds in the early 1990's, and the sappy vocal warbling that sugar-coated R&B songs in the late 1990's, surfaced in this largely-ignored masterpiece released in 1995. Dubstar's debut album, with hauntingly-beautiful singing, pulsating percussion, rich textures of synthesizers, sparkling guitars, and brilliant original song-writing, should not only be regarded as a classic but as the best album of the decade. There is not a boring moment on the album. It is irresistable from start to finish. It's overall sound is a breath of fresh air. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable 27 May 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I wish that I were able to give more than 5 stars to this album. It is a concoction of finely crafted pop songs with such an edge as to leave someone in awe as to what they had just heard. I have never heard a voice with such a clean tone as Sarah Blackwoods... if you can find it, get the double limited edition "disgraceful" with the remix cd attached.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative. 14 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
An amazing record chock full of some of the best songs ever to come out of Britain - and therefore, the World - I cannot rate this record highly enough. Sarah Blackwood's voice is clear and lovely. I've had this record since '96 and it still sounds exciting and fresh. The St. Swithin's Day cover is possibly the best pop song ever. Check it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Their Great Debut Album' 7 Aug 2007
By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The fact that Dubstar never really managed commercially to capitalise on this very promising album is a shame. For such a talented lot to have ended up releasing but three albums was such a waste. I almost instantly fell in love with 'Stars' the first time I heard it and still think the track was the best thing the band ever did. Sarah Blackwoods clear, rather deadpan, vocal delivery combines so brilliantly with Steve Hilliers imaginative multi-layered synths and sympathetic beats and Chris Wilkie's 'jangly' sounding guitar licks. Thankfully, 'Stars' is but one of a host of memorable songs on this album and the excellent production sound makes it the ideal cd to lay back and listen to with headphones on. 'Anywhere' might be one of the more simplistic songs lyrically but its also just the perfect summer song and without doubt the catchiest tune on the album. Elsewhere, a lot of the lyrics lean towards more depressive subjects but this in no way gives the album a depressing feel, it just gives your grey matter something to think about. My only critisism of the album would be to note that Sarah's deadpan vocal style never varies throughout and therefore starts to wear a little thin towards the end. That last (and title) track 'Disgraceful' is also probably the weakest song on the album is a little unfortunate too. This said, if you buy this, I think a lot of you will regularly dig this album out of your collection to enjoy again and again (like me!).
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