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Suspended By Stars

The Wonder Stuff Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reincarnate
  • ASIN: B000EHS79A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
After all the criticism that went with the last long player (was it a 'proper Wonder Stuff album' or just a Miles Hunt project with the Stuffies badge badly sewn on etc), this outing sees the four official members bedding down and delivering something that amounts to at least a partial 'return to form'.
From the rousing opening number, 'Tricks of the Trade', it's clear that this is more the result of a band pulling in the same direction again and sharing ideas as a unit but still with the unmistakeable Hunt hallmarks. The first half of the album barely hits a duff note; standout tracks in the form of the aforementioned opener, the first single 'Blah Blah La Di Dah', the punchy 'Say it Ain't So' and the gorgeous, reflective 'The Sun Goes Down on Manor Road' invoke thoughts of "Stuffies classics in the making". These tracks could be from any era really and are bound to feature in setlists for a while to come, sitting perfectly amongst the old favourites. Tricks of the Trade and Manor Road especially, are about as infectious as anything they have ever done. In a nutshell, it starts off sounding like a Wonder Stuff album should (it's mixed better than the last one too): lyrics and tunes up to scratch (Angelica Maybe is a minute or two too long perhaps, but patience folks - Miles has another story to tell), a fuller sound (helped by Erica Nockalls' excellent violin playing) and you find yourself asking if the second half of the album can get any better!
The answer, sadly, is no. Much of what is left isn't up to the standard of the first few tracks; even though they do improve with repeated listens, there isn't quite the musical exhileration and bite of the opening barrage of songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Returning to form 22 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
Well, the second album from the reformed Stuffies... the headline news is that they (or rather Miles perhaps) are returning to Wonder Stuff form rather than an extension of Miles' solo work (which definitely has its highlights but a generally different feel). More good news is that Miles seems to be finding his cynicism rather than the increasing bitterness that had been marking previous outings.
This album itself is not perfect, it does tail off towards the end but there are plenty of "proper" Wonder Stuff tracks to get your teeth into (Tricks of the Trade, Blah Blah are immediate stand outs).
Overall, it's not quite up there with Hup, Never Loved Elvis or Groove Machine but it's a superb fourth place!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Form 31 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who listened to Escape From Rubbish Island as I did may have got a sinking feeling when first playing Suspended by Stars.
But it didn't take long for that feeling to be replaced by smiles, this album marks a return to form.
As others have said songs like 'Blah Blah...' 'Tricks of the Trade' and my 2 favourites 'We Hold Each Other Up' and 'Last Second of the Minute' are just classic Wonder Stuff songs.
If you've had any interest the the band before, buy this album.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid but not up to the Stuffies standard 9 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
On it's own terms, this is a good solid rock record. At first I thought most of the songs were unremarkable (and I still think about 30% of the CD is pretty unremarkable) but the record did grow on me. Not enough to give it an enthusiastic recommendation, but it's worth a listen if you're curious.
I will say that the record is not up to the standard of classic TWS CDs. I've thought awhile, and what seems to be missing is the "joy of creation". The original lineup produced songs that sounded like the band was enjoying themselves (or at least enjoying playing). The musicianship is solid on all TWS records, but with the last two outings they don't seem to be having "fun".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 28 Feb 2006
By Olipop
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow!!! I really wasn't expecting much of this album, i had read some great reviews but i thought Miles must have sent the reviewers a bottle of whisky each. I didn't rate 'Escape From Rubbish Island' that highly but this album rocks. Right from the word go its like instant classic Wonder Stuff but bang up to date sounding at the same time. The new fiddle player is totally cool, its hard to say what this album sounds like compared to other their other albums cos it contains a little bit of all of them and something fresh too. I love it, the creative juices are still flowing. Its a shame this won't get the exposure of other newer guitar bands because it stands head and shoulders above a lot of other pants out there polluting the airwaves. I don't wanna go song by song or talk about Miles's famous sneer, the great production or the quality and freshness (sounds like a bunch of bananas!!) of the tunes from a band celebrating its 20th birthday. Just get this record. Its cool. You won't be disapointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars come on stuffies fans 22 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
hey no review for this very good wonderstuff album. the usual quality songwriting from miles hunt,the popular choice and say it aint so are as good as the classics.
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