This review is from: Harmonies For The Haunted (Audio CD)
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?