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  • Summary: This is the latest album for the Massachusetts-based rock band, whose only lineup change occurred in 2005 when Sandra Barrett took over vocal duties for the band from guitarist Wayne Rogers.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. With this album, Major Stars show their talent as songwriters, creating a collection of songs that manages to rope you in with a solid rock foundation before attempting to blow your mind with fuzzed-out fretboard acrobatics, making the title a statement of purpose rather than empty posturing.
  2. Occasionally the devotion to six-string mayhem overwhelms the songwriting, and unless you really get off on reams of guitar raunch, Major Stars on CD may still not be for you.
  3. Uncut
    Return To Form's one of their better efforts. [Mar 2010, p.90]
  4. More than once Return To Form reminds me of a regular season game by the Chicago Bulls in the later years of Michael Jordan’s reign; needing something to surmount before they pull out the brilliance, they let things coast until they’re behind and then pull things out of the fire in the last couple minutes.
  5. The unhinged guitar liberation the group achieves on stage can’t be touched by the inspired but ultimately uninspiring sound of Return To Form.
  6. It’s mostly enjoyable on a surface level or if you’re in the right mood (or under the right influence), but it doesn’t beg repeated listens.