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Brooklyn’s Stellastarr* transport themselves from time and place, playing music that sounds as if it’s come from the U.K. in the ‘80s. The bristling basslines, the sturdy, unflinching beats, the churning modulating guitars and the near-perfect imitation of the Cure’s Robert Smith couldn’t be more apparent than in tunes such as “Tokyo Sky” and “Numbers,” where you’re forgiven if you think you’ve stumbled upon outtakes from the Cure’s Three Imaginary Boys or Faith. The sound is slightly more elaborate — that’s 2009 for you — but the tenor is pure early European Goth. This won’t win stellastarr* any awards for originality but it should entrance Cure fans and anyone who loves melodies that frolic in the shadows of British industrial towns. Tracks such as “Graffiti Eyes,” “Warchild,” and “Prom Zombie” feature enough drama and tight ensemble playing (the female back-ups from bassist Amanda Tannen soften things with a seductive touch) to make for multi-tiered listening, even if the initial influences are overwhelming. 

Customer Reviews

Strong and sustained

If you've been a fan thus far, this album won't disappoint. It's largely a faster-tempo and slightly more energetic offering, with even the more melodic ballads clipping along. Lead vocalist Shawn Christensen hits the mids and highs predominantly and Amanda Tannen's vocals feel more present, blending together nicely in the mix. There's still plenty of the band's own unique punch from top to bottom. This album has been a long time in the coming, and it's definitely worth picking up.

Who wears sandals to the ballpark?

Riffs and melodies. Do you like them? I do... This is a solid album, to be sure. I enjoy it. However, while it's a solid album, there's no "knockout punch" tracks on the album that take it to the next level. You'll hear Editors, Snow Patrol, Lightning Seeds, and other very obvious influences and some really charming songs. And when I say you'll hear some Snow Patrol, you won't get "Chasing Cars" which, although it is sometimes difficult to fully embrace due to it's mainstream success, is still a remarkable and memorable song. My favorite tracks on this album is "Tokyo Sky" and "Prom Zombie" and "Move On." IF you're a Stellastarr fan then you will not be disappointed at all and I would recommend purchasing this album.


First Off i gotta say i Love Amanda Tannen, she is the best, her voice is beautiful. I miss the songs like moongirl, homeland, untitled and the diver. I think my favorite song is Sonja Cries so far. The more Amanda is in it the better it is. I think in a week or two this will be a 5 star album. Just gotta listen..


Formed: March 9, 2000 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

While attending Brooklyn's Pratt Institute of the Arts in the late '90s, vocalist/guitarist Shawn Christensen, bassist Amanda Tannen, and drummer Arthur Kremer befriended one another for what would eventually become a musical journey. The threesome had barely grasped the beauty of their respective instruments, so forming the band Ghistor was an interesting move. It was a work in progress and a bond in the making, however short-lived. Christensen, Tannen, and Kremer eventually graduated and tried...
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