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A Dense Swarm Of Ancient Stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2009
To my mind, the work of I Monster on A Dense Swarm of Ancient Stars is music that can legitimately be described as "unlike anything else being made right now." The first track clearly sets the mood - that mood being perplexed fear. However, the blend of sing along, escapist ditties like `A sucker for your sound' and `She's giving me the I' and fantastical mixes of realism and surrealism present on `Cool Coconuts ` and `Dear John' makes for a pleasurable, personal listen. Philly Smith's dreamy voice provides the perfect accompaniment to the lyrics and the music, and I Monster themselves have evolved their electronic sound, becoming more organic, but retaining the variety of keyboards and synthesisers which have always contributed to their unique sound.

This album also provides what's certain to be this year's aspirational character in music. Mr Mallard is among many inspired characters from the album, and has his own brief interlude. Despite his clear mental problems, this life of a well-dressed duck sipping tea and reading the paper strikes me as a relaxing and rewarding one.

So, this is an inventive album to say the least. A part of me misses the heavy synth and dancy feel from parts of Neveroddoreven, but artists should always evolve, and left its own devices I think this pond-like album teeming with life, could evolve all by itself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2009
I came across this album purely by chance and what a little gem it turns out to be! We're talking catchy , psychedelic pop music...Eccentric and fun - it makes me proud to be British! AND they've mastered that really cool sax sound that probably hasn't been heard since Lou Reed's 'Walk On The Wild Side'!!

I look forward to many sunny afternoons with Pimms in hand , BBQ smoke in my nose and this album in my ears . Give it a go...
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on 14 May 2009
stumbled across this album purely by chance - I had bought their debut album These Are Our Children a week or so beforehand and had no idea that I Monster had released a new album.

This is the sort of music to put a smile on your face, A Sucker For Your Sound is such a catchy song you can't help sing along a little. Lust For a Vampyr is an absolutely brilliant electro-pop song with that saxophone setting it off perfectly, and the final track, The Best goes down a slightly slower route which to me sounds a hell of a lot like Add N to (X) with it's use of robotic vocals

all in all, a great album and one I can see myself listening to in years to come. with fantastic artwork to boot
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2009
One of the best albums I have ever heard.

A few duff songs, but songs like The Best and Lust for a Vampyr are true classics.

When you listen to this album you cannot stop smiling!

Buy it now!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Dense Swarm Of Ancient Stars

Fantastic Songs, Production, Artwork another belter
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2014
Oh dear...
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