The Seven Autumn Flowers - Trembling Blue Stars
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  • Summary: Robert Wratten (Field Mice) is joined by singers Beth Arzy and Anne Mari on this fifth TBS release.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
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  1. It appears to paint from a more kaleidoscopic emotional palette than some of the earlier Stars endeavours.
  2. Peopled with starry-eyed lovers and draped in wistful melancholy, it brilliantly captures that lonely netherworld between love and loss.
  3. With this delicious melancholy, he is nearing perfection.
  4. What saves the record are the handful of songs that break out of the constraints of even-keeled melancholy and take (small) chances.
  5. 60
    Austere in its beauty and a little wearying. [Mar 2005, p.143]
  6. Sure, there are minor ways in which Wratten moves his brainchild away from a punishing sameness, but it’s more than fair to say that the formula that Wratten has built into a veritable cottage industry of crystal clear guitar lines, staid drumming, and a bass tuned to the key of depression is as predictable as the bombastic riffage of AC/DC.
  7. 40
    Too often there's a pileup of overwrought, over-long ballads that struggle to make headway. [Jan 2005, p.121]

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  1. coreyf
    Apr 1, 2005
    Trembling Blue stars at their most heartbreaking and melancholy. An album to cluth to your heart and keep you warm on cold nights. TBS continue to exist in a world all their own. Expand