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Album Review

The solo entry from Adam Wiltzie — best known as one-half of Stars of the Lid — comes under the nom de rock the Dead Texan and exists as less of a song cycle than an imaginary movie score. Accompanied with a DVD of seven videos made by filmmaker Christina Vantzos only asserts this notion, but Wiltzie's guitar-based art is equally if not better suited to stand on its own. Beautiful, slumbering compositions get peculiar titles like "The 6 Million Dollar Sandwich" and "A Chronicle of Early Failures." If the lush, piano-flushed "La Ballade d'Alain Georges" is the finest of the instrumental tracks, Wiltzie's two intimate vocal pieces (the organ-bolstered "Glenn's Goo" and the ambient shoegazer-ish "The Struggle") are easily the disc's highlights. ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Beautiful, evocative pieces

Easy, flowing pieces without being featureless ambient noise. Guitars and piano ease you in, then twist. Just as you get settled with the theme of a track it takes a slightly dark turn. This is the soundtrack to a soundless, drifting flight over a field of daisies as the sun sets.

Sounds an awful lot like genius

It may be bizarre, but if you buy this album you will be enlightened. A different type of musical art than many are used too, it almost takes you into a trance. It stimulates the imagination and makes it seem, while you listen to one song, like nothing exists outside of the music. Reminescent of such great movie scores as that of Donnie Darko and certain very well-scored video games, it is atmospheric and takes you out of your world and into the unimaginable.

Beatific Melancholy

One of the best "post ambient" works to date. The sad beauty that drips off each track is sublime. If you have not heard this album you are missing out on something very very special.

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