Friday, October 5, 2007

...seeing stars...

on tuesday i was out with ed and liz and co to see stars at the brudenell.

stars are canadian, and great - and they didn't disappoint... the high spots were 'ageless beauty' [even though singer amy's voice went part way through], 'reunion' and 'your ex-lover is dead' off the last album, though the new stuff sounded good too.

imho their current album ['in our bedroom after the war'] isn't quite as immediate and hook-laden as it's predeccesor ['set yourself on fire'], but it's definitely a grower...
i was talking recently with someone about how when you reach a certain age, all new music is doomed to disappoint because when you listen to it all you can hear is what else it sounds like - with that in mind 'in our bedroom...' has big chunks of prefab sprout and scritti politti in there [both name-checked in the sleevenotes too] and also sounds quite reminiscent of the delgados at times...

so - stars - well worth checking out if you've never heard of 'em before...


meantime, on the desk this week...


2 comments:

Ian Adams said...

Ah thanks Si for mentioning the wonderful Prefab Sprout. I bought a pristine vinyl copy of 'Steve McQueen' for my mate Matt for his birthday. Sounded fantatstic - and I really struggled to prise it from my turntable for the handover...

si smith said...

didn't paddy macaloon of prefab sprout originally train as a priest? [or is that an urban myth thing that i've just made up somewhere along the line...]

steve mcqueen is definitely one of the top ten albums of the eighties...
i also love 'swoon'. and 'jordan - the comeback'...

[*disappears off to search out his old vinyl*]