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Released in conjunction with UVS's second full-length (Joy: 1967-1990), the Staring at the Sun EP features the album track of the same name along with a few non-album goodies. "Crash," from the self-titled debut album, gets a reworking here with a more deliberate arrangement and improved production. "Three Stars (*** Version)" is a more aggressive and piano-driven take on the Joy album track, and is, hands-down, the best cut on the EP. An interesting rework of the Barry Mann/Gerry Goffin, Brill Building staple "Something Better" also appears, and helps to prove that Kurt Ralske does indeed have a wider range of influences up his sleeve than simply Lou Reed and Marc Bolan. ~ J. Scott McClintock, Rovi


Formed: 1986 in New York City, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Ultra Vivid Scene is Kurt Ralske like Nine Inch Nails is Trent Reznor. Although Ralske's atmospheric art pop could not sound less like Reznor's thudding industrial disco, the two are not that far apart in terms of aesthetics; Ralske's lyrical obsessions with such gothy standbys as sex, religion, and death make the band's three albums naturals for the mopey black-clad teenager in us all. Ralske was born and raised in New York; something of a musical prodigy, he was accepted into the Berklee School...
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