Harmonies For The Haunted Image

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  • Summary: This is the second album for the 80s New Wave-influenced outfit fronted by Shawn Christensen.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Overall, the effect is post-punk Cure with swathes of Ride in heady moments and, as overblown and unlistenable as these amassed elements might sound in your head, it's actually fantastic.
  2. Stellastarr* pushes its new grasp of tension and release, and the album shows their increased sense of cohesion.
  3. Stellastarr sound playful but passionate, flashing their Eighties go-feet beats ("Damn This Foolish Heart") alongside moody, Cure-style ballads.
  4. A game of "name that influence" runs rampant from the album's start to its closing seconds.
  5. Has the unmistakable sound of a sophomore slump. [#10, p.107]
  6. The band ultimately lose the pop craftsmanship and hook-filled bite that distinguished their debut. [Oct 2005, p.166]
  7. 25
    People from New York trying to sound like people from England trying to imagine what Neil Young would sound like if he were in Coldplay. [Oct 2005, p.137]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23

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