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We were all knocked out by the Frankie Rose and the Outs album from 2010, the effortlessness of its gorgeous girl-pop mantras, the intimate immensity of its Spector-esque walls of reverb, the beauty of a song sung sweetly over the most graceful two-chord vamps. But are you ready for the new Frankie Rose? – her transformation into a wholly other kind of pop, the reverie and revelation of ... Read more in Amazon's Frankie Rose Store

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  • Vinyl (21 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B006GSRI50
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,236,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Prior to Interstellar, her second album, Frankie Rose had toiled in a niche of modern indie-rock which was starting to appear saturated. Moreover, part of the blame for the proliferation of the style in question – sweet’n’sour confections of girl-group harmony-pop and Jesus and Mary Chain-style guitar feedback – could be laid at her door. Based in Brooklyn, she played drums in the initial line-up of Vivian Girls, whose first few records were justified critical smashes, and has also served as sticksperson for the not dissimilar Dum Dum Girls and Crystal Stilts. Even when she graduated to vocalist in her new band, Frankie Rose and the Outs, there was a profound familiarity to the doe-eyed fuzz of their self-titled 2010 album.

A degree of reinvention, perhaps necessary to avoid an impasse, finds Rose diving into the abyss of 1980s chart pop. Gated drums, multi-tracked vocals, innocently fresh sequencers – with the help of producer Le Chev (normally a remixer for bands like Passion Pit), these are the surface motifs of Interstellar. Her songwriting is not greatly altered: tunes most often travel at an energetic tempo, with melodies shining through the thickly applied reverb and helping the likes of Know Me to soar. The presentation, however, recalls the Cocteau Twins during the album’s most abstract moments – final two songs Moon in My Mind and The Fall – and, for the more objectively ‘pop’ turns, The Primitives or even Garbage minus the hard rock parts.

Coincidentally or otherwise, Frankie Rose’s sonic evolution has much in common with the Dum Dum Girls, who were significantly more polished than previously on last year’s Only in Dreams full-length. Rose has greater strength and versatility as a composer, though. Placed next to each other in the running order, the Factory Records-like synthesised indie of Daylight Sky and Pair of Wings’ Kate Bush bombast sound like odd bedfellows on paper, but are linked by way of their creator’s arresting (if heavily treated) vocals and a general lofty ambition. As much as Interstellar is a success, though, Rose might have to switch up styles again next time or risk slipping into shtick.

--Noel Gardner

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth on 20 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
Interstellar has me feeling the way Antony Gonzalez (M83) or Jack Tatum (wild Nothing) did putting my prejudice against retro sounding music in a headlock, whilst delighting me with effervescent synths, warm, clean guitar tones, delicate drum machines and gossamer bass lines. Frankie's music sounds great inspite of the fact that it's heavily influenced by 80's synth/dream pop.

The Title track has been compared to The Cure's Plainsong with the synth explosions being the obvious point of reference but i think it's more playful and less overtly epic sounding, pulling you in opposed to flooring you. Know Me can't help be compared to the cocteau twins and the Sundays with the tender vocals, soothing guitar and light synths but it neatly sits along side those bands by pulling all these elements together seamlessly. Night Swim and Daylight Sky's enticingly New Orderesque bass and synths also sound great with Frankie's dreamy voice other the top of them. And there are even moments where this album sucessfully leaves 80's town, take the satie like piano in Apple's For The Sun, or the amiina like ambience to the opening of air Of Wings.

For those already familiar wih frankie Rose's former endeavours this album may sound a little too smooth, considering the vivian Girls or the crytsal Stilts would seldomly be described as pretty, tender or inviting. But even they'd be hard pressed to deny that Frankie's transition to a more accessible sound isn't anything but a convincing one and if she has disappointed the riot grrrls and the indie punks she should rest assured that a whole new demographic of listeners is sure to take her to their hearts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason on 7 April 2012
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One of my favourite new albums at the moment.

I got Frankie Rose's previous album (Frankie Rose and the Outs) a few months back after it was recommended by Amazon, and thought it was pretty good. But this solo album represents a step up in my opinion.

Frankie Rose was a side-kick in various New York rock bands (Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls). These groups' garage rock is a bit noisy and monotonous for my taste, so I was a bit hesitant before buying the previous album by Frankie Rose and the Outs.

But I found that it was actually rather soothing and melodious. Frankie Rose's music has a haunting, psychedelic quality which puts it a cut above the punkish sound of her previous bands.

Basically her latest album develops this direction even further. Frankie has ditched the grungey guitars for sparkling synthesizers, producing a warmer and more mature sound that places her even more firmly in the category of "dream pop".

But she has fortunately not gone the whole hog towards commercial pop. On the contrary, her music is wonderfully edgy and mysterious. I love it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cloudberry on 21 Mar. 2012
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At just 32:34 long, little is what it truly is, but masterpiece is the more important word here and has you wanting more!

Whilst listening to this album, I was reminded of the guitar work of the Stone Roses, mixed with the sound of the Cranberries, a hint of the Yardbirds, a touch of Chris Isaak and, on some tracks, a New Age sound of ... well, I can only describe it as Regina Spektor in an echo chamber or with the big sound production of Phil Spector. Now, my music taste is wide and varied, but I only know what I know; and more esteemed reviewers with differing ears for music will be reminded of other people and bands - some have suggested the Zombies, the Cure (both with a female singer, of course) and Debbie Harry. That's fine by me.

I do not want readers of this review to think that Frankie Rose has nothing original to bring to the party. Although there are a lot of reminders here of others, I think this is a marvellous record, full of all the goodness which came out of the music of the 60's, 70's and 80's, but brought up to date. As a devotee of the Friday edition of the Guardian, which reviewed this album last week (16 March 2012), I read the review, did some investigations on Frankie Rose, caught the previews here on Amazon, listened on MySpace and YouTube and, although I still have more to do, thought it worth trying it out. It is money well spent and the reverb sound just fascinates me.

Of course there are only great tracks on the album - nothing less than brilliance here. Apart from the guitar work, which I love, there are beautiful vocal harmonies, swirling musical soundscapes, the sound of swimming organ playing and blockbuster drum beats. Favourite tracks include the title track, which opens the album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A throwback to the beginning of alternative 27 Feb. 2012
By J. Hubner - Published on Amazon.com
If you're not familiar with Frankie Rose, let me fill you in: Brooklyn-based Frankie Rose was an original member of garage rock staples Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls before going out on her own in 2009. She released her first full length album under the name Frankie Rose and the Outs in 2010. She's dropped the Outs, and Frankie Rose is now in.

Frankie Rose's new album Interstellar starts with title track 'Interstellar'. It begins with ambient synths and Frankie singing in her best Elizabeth Fraser croon before the song kicks into an all out drum extravaganza, complete with reverbed guitar and thick analog synth strings. 'Know Me' is up next with a heavy early 80s sound, a sound which plays a big part on this great new record. Think Head on the Door-era Cure with Debbie Harry pushing Robert Smith off to the side. It's a great track that'll make you long for Juno synths and Factory Records heyday. 'Gospel/Grace' is yet another tapestry of 80s nuggets, with heavy reverbed synths and drums, but with a very organic feel to it. 'Daylight Sky' is a gem of a track. If New Order, The Motels and Gary Numan had gotten together for a weekend recording session on the lower east side in 1981, it might've sounded like this great song. 'Pair of Wings' begins like a nuanced Zombies track with Dolores O'Riordan taking vocal duties. It's a gem of a song, slowly building with synths and timpani till it wavers off into an emotional coda.

With so many artists, the retro game can be a sink or swim sort of situation. You can take the past and make it your own. Put a new spin on an old record, if you will. Or you can flail helplessly amongst vintage gear and out dated fashion. Frankie Rose does the former with Interstellar. She takes influences like Cocteau Twins, the Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees and New Order and makes them into an artistic statement. Frankie Rose has the perfect voice and songwriting chops to make this kind of record. It's a love letter to 80s new wave and alternative.

Frankie Rose has stepped out of the garage and is ready for her close-up.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
dreamy, retro, special! 5 Mar. 2012
By Kenneth - Published on Amazon.com
Interstellar has me feeling the way Antony Gonzalez (M83) or Jack Tatum (wild Nothing) did putting my prejudice against retro sounding music in a headlock, whilst delighting me with effervescent synths, warm, clean guitar tones, delicate drum machines and gossamer bass lines. Frankie's music sounds great inspite of the fact that it's heavily influenced by 80's synth/dream pop.

The Title track has been compared to The Cure's Plainsong with the synth explosions being the obvious point of reference but i think it's more playful and less overtly epic sounding, pulling you in opposed to flooring you. Know Me can't help be compared to the cocteau twins and the Sundays with the tender vocals, soothing guitar and light synths but it neatly sits along side those bands by pulling all these elements together seamlessly. Night Swim and Daylight Sky's enticingly New Orderesque bass and synths also sound great with Frankie's dreamy voice other the top of them. And there are even moments where this album sucessfully leaves 80's town, take the satie like piano in Apple's For The Sun, or the amiina like ambience to the opening of air Of Wings.

For those already familiar wih frankie Rose's former endeavours this album may sound a little too smooth, considering the vivian Girls or the crytsal Stilts would seldomly be described as pretty, tender or inviting. But even they'd be hard pressed to deny that Frankie's transition to a more accessible sound isn't anytihng but a convincing one and if she has disappointed the riot grrrls and the indie punks she should rest assured that a whole new demographic of listeners is sure to take her to their hearts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
PERFECT!!! 11 Dec. 2013
By W. H. Burrell IV - Published on Amazon.com
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OBSESSED!!! I can't say how much I love this album. Perfect party/atmosphere type music. Doesn't interfere with having a good time; only enhances. Frankie's voice is so ethereal and soothing that every song only helps to put you in a good mood. "Pair of Wings" is pretty much my fav track off the whole album. GET IT!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Love this Album 30 May 2012
By Alica Karen Gribble - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Plays beautifully, have had no issues as of yet. Her music is unique and other worldly. Over all this is a Great Album!
excellent 26 Jan. 2014
By Larry E. Scavone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
late one evening I first heard Frankie Rose's Interstellar on UT Austin internet radio. I bought the CD as soon as I could find it and am stunned by the amazing, easy, enjoyable music since. you will not regret buying this great CD.
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