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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the Portland-based psychedelic rock duo of Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada was mixed by Sonic Boom.
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  • Record Label: Sacred Bones
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Dance, Neo-Psychedelia, Ambient Pop, Neo-Disco
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Uncut
    Sep 25, 2019
    90
    There's a uplifting buoyancy to these eight tracks. [Oct 2019, p.30]
  2. 80
    Stars Are The Light drifts unassumingly in a dreamlike state and although the key component of all of their albums up to this point is relegated to atmospherics, it’s a transition which has been made with ease.
  3. Sep 27, 2019
    80
    It is a very groovy record, full of disco and funk beats. It was also brought to life with the help of Sonic Boom, a former member of Spaceman 3, who has also worked with Beach House. Any fan of Moon Duo or psych-rock will not be let down by Stars Are the Light.
  4. Sep 27, 2019
    70
    Stars Are The Light is an aural journey, one which forces the listener to reconnect, or at least reconsider, their relationship with nature. In doing so, it encourages individuality and challenges one to break-up with the conventions of modern life.
  5. Oct 2, 2019
    70
    As the album progresses the grooves get more pronounced, as though the night’s movement is getting into gear.
  6. Sep 27, 2019
    70
    It’s not what you’re expecting from Moon Duo, but it’s nonetheless quite appealing, this magic, glowing sound space that isn’t quite real, but better.
  7. Sep 25, 2019
    60
    Although ultimately underwhelming, Moon Duo still create an enjoyable easy-listening psychedelic atmosphere in Stars Are the Light. It might not be the kind of album you can become deeply attached to, but would never fail to please as background music.

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  1. Oct 11, 2019
    10
    I didn't know Moon Duo, for causalities I discovered this album. It was one of the pleasant surprises that life gives. It is light, cheerful,I didn't know Moon Duo, for causalities I discovered this album. It was one of the pleasant surprises that life gives. It is light, cheerful, relaxes a lot to hear it.

    Recommended both for those who like these genres and those who are not interested.
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