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  • Audio CD (18 Nov. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi
  • Label: 4ad Records/Ada
  • ASIN: B000004BA2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

1. Nice Day
2. Drive Around the Clock
3. Crashed Up on the Corner
4. Soul Resides in the Horse Barn
5. Whale, You Ease My Mind
6. Oh Sinner Man

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rooksby on 22 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I love this EP. Short & to the point, HNIA sound like a bona fide garage band on Nice Day - almost the sort of thing you might expect to hear on Nuggets - albeit with Smile-era Brian Wilson at the controls, & with a fractured 4AD awkwardness shot through the centre. More than a mere add-on to it's immaculate predecessor, the brilliant Stars On ESP album, Nice Day exists in a strange little alcove of it's own & is a must-have if you're even vaguely interested in HNIA's music. Stop dithering & buy it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
something else 6 April 2001
By Micah Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
His Name Is Alive sort of took a leap and entered Phase Two with the album _Stars on E.S.P._ Departing significantly from the atmospheric This Mortal Coil-like abstractions of early albums as well as the brash fusion of the previous album _Mouth By Mouth_, the main influence here seems to be Oldies, Motown, and folk spirituals, albeit mutated in their own inimitable way into something uniquely His Name Is Alive. "This World Is Not My Home/I Can't Live in This World Anymore," what sounds like a black spiritual, is a refrain and a theme on this album, appearing in different forms on three different songs. "Universal Frequencies" is basically a remake/remix of the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations." Echoes of the past can still be heard in songs like "What Are You Wearing Tomorrow" and "The Sand That Holds The Lakes In Place," however. I didn't understand or particularly care for this new sound at all at first, but it's grown on me quite a lot, and I can now confidently say that I consider this album utterly brilliant-one of my favorites. It all fits into their greater ethos of rootsy, earthy sounds that are emotionally evocative, sometimes chillingly so. The music seems to vibrate in time with the life in one's very bones, a panorama of aching time and humanness. This is the sound of AM Radio, the Great Lakes, summer creeping into fall, a lone guitar plugged into an amp in a wooden room in an old house somewhere in Ypsilanti. The whole thing is not what you'd call "immediate," though. A lot of strange sounds and weirdness creeping out from unexpected nooks are to be found, as is standard fare with His Name Is Alive. It may take you quite a few listens to fully appreciate, but once you do you just might understand life a little better.
The tacked-on _Nice Day_ e.p. is similar to _Stars on E.S.P._, but with more straightforward soul-rock tunes. It's a lot simpler, and for that the subtleties are bit tougher to dig out. These two fit together nicely; I bought them separately, as that was how I found them when they were released, and I've always wanted to put the two CDs onto a changer and hit `shuffle', except I don't have one. So, great value, for a mind-altering, soul-shifting experience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
the downhill slope begins here 22 Oct. 2005
By J. Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
oh wow....this band went off the gospel deep end. what were once dabblings and small portions of gospel and r&b samplings in their previous records, are now on full display. sometimes it works in their favour, but this just does not sound like HNIA to me. when i first heard it, i gave it a chance, and i don't think it's a terrible bad mini-album, but this would be the last HNIA record that i could cling to. eerrggh
bubbly sounds 22 Oct. 2005
By J. Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
another interesting development in the growing mystery of His Name Is Alive. what started off as a ethereal and ghostly tribute to Cocteau Twins old sound, turned into a bit of a brilliant pop band. now with Stars On ESP, this group has embraced the sounds of vocal harmony groups and some folk and gospel influence as well. the Beach Boys references seem to pop up within the first few moments of the album as the bright, sunny stylings of "Dub Love Letter" dribble out from the stereo. then the gospelized stomp of "The World Is Not My Home" comes through to reveal a bit of a theme (seeing as this melody and chorus is repeated a few times within this record). i was a bit taken back by the record when i first heard it and it took me some time to grow on me. i missed some of the mysterious aspects of this band; but i always loved the unique and weird production of this record, which has an underwater and bubbly feeling. overtime, this album serves as a great addition to an interesting catalogue by this fascinating band.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Amusing, fascinating recreation of oldies by Livonia's best 1 Jun. 2001
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With this surprising innovation by Livonia, Michigan's only musical visionary, Warren Defever ("His Name is Alive") showed a new maturity with his 1996 album STARS ON ESP.
The result of three years of painstaking recording, STARS ON ESP breaks from the haunting ethereal atmospheres of HNIA's first two albums and the almost-mainstream alt-rock of 1993's MOUTH BY MOUTH. STARS ON ESP is the story of Defever's sudden love affair with oldies radio and old-time folk stylings.
The album's central motif revolves around three versions of a old folk song. The first, "This World is Not My Home," is pure rock n' roll. The second, "I Can't Live in This World Anymore" is an acoustic folk-rock treatment. However, it is the third version, "Last One," which stands out the most. Featuring a gospel choir over an old-time wire-loop recording, nothing could have been more different than what Defever had previously released.
Oldies radio obviously meant a lot to Defever, influencing songs like "Country Girl," "The Bees," and "What Else is New List." Nonetheless, Warren's offbeat lyrics, here articulated by Karin Oliver and Erika Hoffmann, aren't something you'd here on the AM dial.
Although the production isn't as polished as His Name is Alive's 1998 album FT. LAKE, the oldies-experimentation and novelty of STARS ON ESP make it deserving of notice.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you like Autumn (the season,) you'll love Stars on ESP! 29 Sept. 1998
By Erik Blood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this CD, it was the middle of Autumn in Seattle. I had never heard sounds and structures (or non-structures) that captured a season so well until "Stars on E.S.P." Though it is sort of worked as a "summer" CD, I believe they found the sound of the word more appealing than the thought of epitomising it's values in musical form. That was reserved for Fall, and no one has done it this well before.
This is HNIA's best work to date. The obvious Beach Boys influence on Warren Defever is in full swing and a wonderful mix with their previous gothic persona and their new poodle-skirt charm. "Mouth By Mouth" though a fabulous album, only hinted at the magnificent exhibition that was to come. It is now shadowed and paled beneath "Stars on ESP."
Nothing bad to say about it. That's the jist.
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