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4.0 out of 5 stars Harmonies For The Haunted.
First single Sweet Troubled Soul is an obvious choice for a single as it's one of the strongest and most memorable tracks on the album, with sharp, charging guitars. It is however, far away from the pure pop of My Coco or Somewhere Across Forever. In fact 'Harmonies For The Haunted' says it all; while none of the tracks reach the moodiness of Moongirl from Stellastarr*'s...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks depth...
be careful because the other songs are average. It's clever marketing really - choose the best song, make a video out of it and fill the rest of the album with average songs. I fell that's what happened here. I was often left wondering where the band was going with the melodies of some songs. Also, Christiansen's voice on some tracks is dodgy.
Published on 24 April 2006 by EG


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4.0 out of 5 stars Harmonies For The Haunted., 19 Sep 2005
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This review is from: Harmonies for the Haunted (Audio CD)
First single Sweet Troubled Soul is an obvious choice for a single as it's one of the strongest and most memorable tracks on the album, with sharp, charging guitars. It is however, far away from the pure pop of My Coco or Somewhere Across Forever. In fact 'Harmonies For The Haunted' says it all; while none of the tracks reach the moodiness of Moongirl from Stellastarr*'s debut, the record is altogether much darker. This isn't particularly a bad thing. Stellastarr* have melded their influences closer and more elegantly together.
Despite some reviews which state that the album's quality dips towards the end, I found that only On My Own is average. In fact there are many gems to find in this strong album- the sweet Born In A Flea Market, When I Disappear with its synth chorus and Love And Longing- all combine a pretty and subtle melodic quality with quite evocative, brooding atmospherics. Sadly Shawn Christensen's voice has lost some of its range, mainly being deep, loud and dramatic here. This is somewhat true of the whole record, which simply isn't as quirky as their debut. However, it is solid and the vocal sharing of Christensen, Amanda Tannen and Micheal Jurin gives Stellastarr* an edge along with their fusion of styles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a breath of fresh air, 12 April 2007
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I absolutely love this band.....I can't bunderstand why they have not made it in the UK or Ireland....for a while now rock was getting a little samey....fair enough the editors and interpol offered us a more contemplative Joy Division kind of rock.......Stellastar however manage to give you this in a more colourful eighties style....with cure lyrical style.......I really want to see this band live.....not just to see the bassist who does the excellent backing vocals.......but to see what it is about this band that seems to have roughed up the strokes. Just bought stellastar's first album last week.......and it's even better than this one........I kid you not!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, 18 Jan 2007
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From the start to the finish, this album is something special. Although some reviews have suggested Stellastarr*'s first album is better, I beg to differ. This follow up shows a growing awareness of their ability to create something altogther different, weaving haunting guitar riffs with soft synth effects and melancholic vocals.

The vocals are particularly important; vocalist Shawn Christensen sounds like Morrisey if Morrisey was good, and the backing vocals offset his dark tones. Lyrics are as catchy as ever, particularly on 'Sweet Troubled Soul', but there are plenty of strong songs here. 'Island Lost at Sea', 'When I Disappear,' 'Angela' - all are memorable and beautifully created.

'Island Lost at Sea' deserves a special mention; it possesses one of the finest guitar riffs I've ever heard that contrasts perfectly with the soft, disturbing synth. A much more mature album than the first; its only weakness is the lack of sing-along songs - but when the songs are this good, who cares?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks depth..., 24 April 2006
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be careful because the other songs are average. It's clever marketing really - choose the best song, make a video out of it and fill the rest of the album with average songs. I fell that's what happened here. I was often left wondering where the band was going with the melodies of some songs. Also, Christiansen's voice on some tracks is dodgy.
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