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  • Vinyl (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zirkulo
  • ASIN: B0040X46WG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

As far as press release made claims go, "Crystal Fighters formed after singer Laure discovered a diary of her insane, now deceased grandfather at his Basque country home – containing the skeleton of a incomplete opera and the future band’s name as a title – and vowed to honour his memory by recruiting a band back at home in London to finish his work", is a pretty bold one. It’s almost certainly a lie – but it beats "band formed in garage" hands down.

The London outfit’s debut is as colourful as that very tale, the five-piece fusing the Basque instrumentation of certain members’ heritage (the use of the txalaparta – a bit of rock bashed against another bit of rock native to that region – features throughout) with the feverish murk you’ll be familiar with if you’ve spent any length of time in the more fashionable outposts of east London. This you can hear best in Champion Sound, a song that takes the smooth lilt of plucked acoustic guitars and weaves it into a rhythm so urban it sounds like the capital cities heartbeat. Or Plage and its Casio fiesta.

Chances are you’ll have heard the records best songs already. Xtatic Truth was released as a single on Kitsuné last year – a label which seemingly exists for the sole purpose to release music by Euro-aware dance acts like Crystal Fighters – and sounds as frantic and euphoric as it did on first listen. In truth it sounds much like the big hit the disappointing second Klaxons record was lacking. Then there’s I Love London, another former single, notable for name checking the north-west London outpost of Willesden and gleefully wobbling upon the tightrope that bridges the territories marked ‘brilliant’ and ‘irritant’.

Star Of Love isn’t quite the debut that justifies a yarn as bold as that made by Laure about her grandfather – At Home, sequenced in the middle of the record, is an ill-judged attempt of an anthem that yodels a little too close to the incidental music in a Body Shop commercial. But it’s an assured, sporadically thrilling first shot. Depending on how insane Laure’s grandfather actually was, he’s got right to be reasonably chuffed at how his work was seen through. Except he's dead, and won't know either way. Such is life.

--James McMahon

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Like most reviewers, I stumbled across this lot by chance - saw the album well reviewed elsewhere and then came across it secondhand and thought I'd give it a whirl. It's certainly eclectic (it would be safe to say that Crystal Fighters are definitely London's premier Basque electro-folk ensemble, but not really a crowded field...), but virtually every song's a winner. "Plage" is my personal favourite - I'd challenge you to name a catchier song recorded in the last year. By all rights, it deserves to be a massive viral hit.
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I stumbled across this band by complete accident one evening whilst channel surfing - they were on Jools Holland and within seconds I was mesmerised by them. I decided to take a chance and buy the album - and what a great decision that was! My girlfriend and I love it - it's never off the car stereo!
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Can't believe i have not bought this sooner! Only recently have i heard "Follow" on the radio and liked it, then when i heard "you & i" i started thinking hey, i really like this band. Listened to all the samples on ITunes (sorry Amazon) as you get 1:30 per sample to really get a feel for a song, came back to Amazon to purchase Star of Love and it just seems to get better and better with each play.

I like all the songs which is rare for an album and enjoy the acoustic tracks at the end depending on what mood i am in.
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Love this album, definitely one of my favorite albums of 2010. The style of music is so different. First hear there stuff about a year ago, then saw them at Bestival, and loved them, the album did not let me down! 10/10
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I first spotted this band on Jools Holland which is where I pick up most of my new music from these days as I despise the radio.

Their blend of traditional South American rhythm instruments and electronics caught my attention and I decided to give the CD a try. I was not disappointed, this is one of the freshest things I have heard since the brilliant Dengue Fever album: Venus On Earth.

It opens with the punchy "Solar System", you can not help but move to the beat and the counterpoint of traditional and modern just works so well. My pick of the best (and they are all good) would have to be "I Do This Every Day" (an absolute rocker), "Plage" (a good old sing along song), the beautiful "At Home" and the manic "I Love London".

It is hard to know what to compare this album to, there is not a sound really like it anywhere around, but if you like Goldfrapp, Groove Armada or Basement Jaxx this is likely to appeal, a very rhythmic album full of good songs and sounds. Maybe a little more polish wouldn't go amiss, but I am sure they will improve with age.
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I have made the mistake several times in my life of buying an album on the basis of hearing just one or two tracks by a band. More often than not, the result has been the purchase of an album on which I like just one or two tracks!

I came across Crystal Fighters in live performance at the recording of a Jules Holland episode and thought they were the best act of the evening. So I bought the album - on the basis of just two tracks(!) - but I love it. Full of energy and a good diversity of material. And personally I don't think there are any poor tracks.

What more can I say?
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