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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Starr* performance
Releasing an album is a momentous feat, that needs to be timed to perfection. After releasing the limited 'Somewhere Across Forever' EP earlier this year, people became aware of this band. Just by the fact that the EP was exchanging hands for as much as 50 a pop, say a lot of this band. I was lucky to see them support the Raveonettes back in May and it was the first time...
Published on 10 Oct 2003 by M. Speller

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3 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars have you heard any pixies?
or pulp? or adam ant? or maybe talking heads?
if you have, you'll be disappointed. this is one of the worst albums i have heard in a long time and that's being constructive.
sorry - we gave it a couple of goes at work and it was bad.
Published on 29 Jun 2004 by mr j williamson


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Starr* performance, 10 Oct 2003
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M. Speller "mattwareherts" (Herts, England) - See all my reviews
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Releasing an album is a momentous feat, that needs to be timed to perfection. After releasing the limited 'Somewhere Across Forever' EP earlier this year, people became aware of this band. Just by the fact that the EP was exchanging hands for as much as 50 a pop, say a lot of this band. I was lucky to see them support the Raveonettes back in May and it was the first time I had heard of them. I was blown away. It was the first time I have seen a supporting band outplay and class a headliner. This mixture of a charismatic front man, an exceptionally talented lead guitarist and a beautiful female bassist seem to be ready to blow the world apart.
The only problem I foresee for Stellastarr* is that they have been labelled as another Strokes. The Strokes, they are not. More on par with Interpol than the Strokes, with there influences coming from the Joy Division and The Pixies. Going back to the timing, the album is released near enough to the Strokes album to be consumed by the mass hysteria that will surround them. This is just very bad timing on the record company's part.
Don't get me wrong, I think the Strokes are equally great, just I feel there is more to American music than just them.
The album it self includes the recently released single Jenny, which is a brilliant track. Also included are two tracks from the aforementioned EP 'Somewhere Across Forever', the title track and No Weather. These two tracks alone will make this album one of the albums of the year.
Being embraced by the music media, where they have not been the open mind to listen to the music, but also passed off as another American Band by those without the decency to see them as individuals, Stellastarr* may have a stormy ride, but hey what a way to ride into the storm.
*** Like:- Joy Division meets Interpol, but not necessarily The Strokes ***
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excerpt from Glasswerk.co.uk, 29 Mar 2004
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Lennitt "lennitt_uk" (South Liverpool, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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New Yorkers Stellastarr* arrive with their eponymous debut album, and what a debut it is. Featuring both the last two singles 'Jenny' and 'Somewhere Across Forever' the rest certainly aren't album fillers and infest their wailing melodies in your subconscious as you sing for the rest of the day. In fact, though Shawn Christensen's Ian Curtis coated vocals are certainly catchy, it's Amanda Tannen's backing vocals that stand out the most, ringing out blissfully against Christensen's fast paced and often psychotic rantings. Highlights of the album include the obvious choices of the two previous singles in which Tannen's exhilarating vocal duties offset Christensen's poignant warblings best. Other tracks such as 'A Million Reasons' and ''Untitled' act as suitable slower numbers. However supreme cut of the album without a doubt goes unceremoniously to the quest-fuelled journey that is 'Moongirl' with an array of reverbs to go with the heavy as hell guitars that pound into action every now and again. Okay so there may be a lack of lyrics but who needs them with music this good. Bringing the album to a close is the surprisingly up beat 'Pulp Song' showcasing the best of Stellastarr*'s vocal combinations, almost a duet in fact. All we can now ask for is more live dates please.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stellastarry eyed and bushy tailed., 10 Dec 2004
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Harry Kanagaratnam (Wrexham, Clwyd United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is a great debut album, and has all the flavours of the new style, rock/indie, new york. It allows the listener to get fully lost in the album, as the production work is fantastic. The album has an airy, roomy, feel to it, and to get the best out of it turn your stereo up to 11.
Without wanting to exclude, put off, or label, Stellastarr* would appeal to fans of Interpol, New Order, or even the broader minded Strokes fan. However, people who don't like these bands should not dismiss Stellastarr* as they are by no means limited by any specific genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The unintentional rock stars..., 16 Nov 2003
This review is from: stellastarr* (Audio CD)
Let's just get one thing straight right away - I've bought a lot of albums this year, and Stellastarr* is probably the best...
Stellastarr* are a band who have defied convention at almost every turn, with members who'd rather have been painters, filmmakers or actors than rock stars. When the band was first formed, the frontman had only been playing the acoustic guitar for six months, the drummer had been drumming for six weeks, and the bassist had never laid her hands on a bass guitar... Well, from tiny acorns and all that...
The result of numerous gigs shaping their sound, around New York city and beyond, Stellastarr* have evolved into one of the most perfectly formed rock groups you could find... They've been slotted nicely into the pigeonhole formed for New York bands in the aftermath of the Strokes - but don't let that put you off - whether you like the Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, or any of the other current "it" bands or not, there's plenty here to give your ears a good workout...
The closest comparison I can come up with, and the one that springs immediately to mind when listening to this scintillating debut, is the Pixies... Stellastarr* come with much more of a pop sensibility compared to the Pixies though - this is an album of irresistible hooks and irrepresible melodies, backed up with chiming indie rock guitars and elaborate song writing...
It's near impossible to pick a stand-out in such a consistently great album, but mentions have to go to the likes of the dark, almost Joy Division-esque In The Walls, the fabulously exuberant "My Coco" which builds to an exultant crescendo of overlapping vocals, or the surprisingly tender and moving "Untitled"... One track for a desert island though? It's got to be "Jenny", just for the pure adrenaline rush that song produces...
The New York scene at the moment is a melting pot of great talent and superb music, and Stellastarr* are fully deserving of a place up alongside the Strokes at the forefront of the scene... This is a record the demands to be listened to, again and again and again - don't refuse the call...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best New Band in Years, 11 Nov 2003
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J. Batchelor "Jam Jar" (Cardiff) - See all my reviews
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After the brilliant 'Somewhere Across Forever' e.p earlier this year and their performance at Reading i was in some ways disappointed with this album.
Stellastarr are capable of being THE best band in the world and making the best album ever. Hopefully they'll have a long career, sell more than the Strokes (who they're unfairly compared to and miles better than) and reach their full potential, because with this self titled debut they've only made the best album of the year and they can do so much better than that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shooting star, 27 Feb 2011
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Peter Hill ""yoghurtknitter"" (Waterville Ireland) - See all my reviews
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I was very dubious about this one as the first couple of tracks unfolded as the vocals were a disconcerting cross somewhere between Tony Hadley and David Byrne, which didn't bode well in my little world. However, tracks 2 & 4 had some glorious squally, chiming, rocky guitars and then some nice female backing vocals were introduced and as the cd progressed i became quite enthralled. You then get more walls of guitars, dreamy spaced out vocals, time changes and hooks galore. Track 9 is a beautiful acoustic number sung in a much lower key and everything then ends with a punky guitar work out. First impressions can be very misleading?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing.., 16 Oct 2005
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M. A. Taylor "emtee65" (Woking, Surrey, UK) - See all my reviews
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Great band, great album. Seen this band twice live now and can't get enough of them, shame they dont tour england more often. My favorite songs on this album are "Jenny", "Somewhere across forever" and "Pulp Song". Buy this now, you wont regret it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than bringing to mind The Beatles yet again..., 23 Oct 2004
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Mr. J. R. Coupland (Somewhere on Earth) - See all my reviews
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Yes, Stellastarr*'s music has similarities to that of Pulp, the Pixies and Talking Heads, as well as Joy Division, The Cure and a few more. The genius here is that the sounds and influences of those bands are taken to produce music which sounds unpredictable, exciting, quirky and fresh.
All music is indebted to the past in some way. Everybody's influenced by somebody. But not all use their influences in such a great way.
Stellastarr* was pretty much my favourite album of 2003. From the majestic, brooding, paranoid opening of 'In The Walls', through ten tracks of genius to the closing intensity of 'Pulp Song', this was a truly exceptional piece of work, without a moment of filler.
The only downside to the album is that it's only ten tracks long, and over far too soon. But as everybody knows, you should always leave 'em wanting more...
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Wave Lead By Stellastarr*, 4 Mar 2004
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It was in November I saw this band support Jane's Addiction and a few things striked me about this band; 1, they were getting more attention than the headliners on flyers outside the gig. 2, the absolutely hot chick on bass. 3, catchy nu-wave pop/punk music along with a Cure-influenced vocalist.
I purchased the album some time after seeing them, and love it to bits. In all honesty it is 40 minutes of just pure enjoyment, a album that I cannot seem to tire of, and gets better with every single listen. From "In The Walls" with it's haunting melodies, "Jenny" with it's fast paced punk-esque number, "Moongirl" has a stirring, sea-side melody to it at the beginning, as if driving down the beach on a breezy summers day, "Untitled" with it's heart-breaking sincerity, and to top the album off, "Pulp Song" with it's anthemic chorus of rebellion.
I can now see why Stellastarr* got as much publicity as they did that night. This band deserves to be big, and get be enjoyed be anyone with a keen ear for catchy music. Being laballed as sounding like The Pixies or The Cure is unfair as Stellastarr* have a sound all to their own.
If I were to compare them to anyone, it would be the Yeah Yeah Yeah's. Both bands seem to champion this style of music, both have a lyrical nonsense in their writing style along with a charasmatic frontman/woman. If you like Yeah Yeah Yeah's, your bound to like Stellastarr*.
To top even that, they have a absolutely incredible live act, I should know, I had to go see them again on their own headlining tour when the opportunity presented itself.
With "My Coco" getting airplay on MTV2 and turning a few heads, Stellastarr* are bound to be a band that are going to impress a few people. After all the story of how they all came together was entirely by chance. The music however is in their own hands, and very skilled ones at that.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different!, 17 Oct 2003
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After hearing some stellastarr* stuff off my mate I was rather impressed! I didnt really hear anymore of them till the Reading festival tho. Along with eager stellastarr* fans I stood right at the front to watch them. I could actually see it was great! (im short so rare for me to see at gigs). It was one of the best perfomances of Reading and for me one of the most unique! The album easily follows up to my expectations of them. No one might agree, but the leader singers voice really reminds me of jarvis cocker, u decide if thats good or bad?? All the songs are quite different, with Jenny and Somewhere Across Forever really standing out! Personally I fink there is a small something missing from this album, but after all its a debut so there is plenty of room for improvement!
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