Death of the Sun
The Stan Laurels
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||LoveBirds||The Stan Laurels||3:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Klaatu: Parts III, II & I||The Stan Laurels||4:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSamaanya||The Stan Laurels||4:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Alien Love Slave||The Stan Laurels||4:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The True Daymare||The Stan Laurels||3:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Othello's Waltz||The Stan Laurels||4:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||If I Walked With the Dead||The Stan Laurels||3:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Darkening Skies||The Stan Laurels||4:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Gone||The Stan Laurels||3:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Death of the Sun||The Stan Laurels||3:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Never Mind||The Stan Laurels||5:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Birth of the Sun||The Stan Laurels||6:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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Melodic, intriguing, and original!
The Stan Laurels shine in their debut album and leave us wanting more. The music is a combination of The Beatles, The Flaming Lips, Yes, and The Zombies, but done is such a way that the end result is a unique and fresh sound that is complex and effortless at the same time. The fusion of the songs "Death of the Sun" and "Never Mind" exemplify this beautifully. And the melodic structures of "Samaanya," "Othello's Waltz," and "Darkening Skies" are absolutely enticing. The Stan Laurels conclude their musical adventure with one of the most haunting songs of the entire album - "Lullaby of Awakening." This is an unexpected surprise reminiscent of the Santo & Johnny sound that is sure to keep the listener captivated and wishing for of more.
Few would dare attempt a concept album as their first musical venture, but The Stan Laurels have succeeded and excelled.
Do you enjoy melodic psychedelic pop songs with strong 60s/70s hooks that still somehow sounds brand new? Do you like The Beatles, Apples In Stereo, The Zombies, The Olivia Tremor Control, or The Beach Boys, circa 'SMiLE'? Then don't wait - just buy this album now. I promise you won't be disappointed.
For those who would like to know more, 'Death of the Sun' is perhaps the first psych-pop prog-rock opera of the Teens; or is it the last one of the Naughts? Whichever it may be, it is in a class by itself. The Stan Laurels (who are all just one very talented fellow named John Lathrop) tell the story of a sensitive guy who happens to meet an alien, this boy meets alien girl, falls in love, and they all live happily ever after. Or do they? Like any good story, there is so much more to it than can be written in a review.
Musically, your ears are in for a special treat: vocals, guitars, bass, drums, mellotrons, pianos, organs and synths paint all the colors for the stories told in each song. The vocals are delivered pure and melodic, with rich harmonies that would make Brian Wilson jealous. The guitar-bass-drum combo always drives things along nicely, with tight Beatlesque flavor. And I don't think Mellotron flutes have been used this well since the Zombies recorded 'Odyssey & Oracle' back in 1967. Underpinning it all are strong and complex prog-rock-spiced rhythmn arrangements, complete with tempo and time signature changes - a big drum sound that flows smoothly and beautifully as it carries you from song to song. If the musical jargon didn't mean much to you, your ears will tell you the truth: each one is a well-constructed little masterpiece.
So check out the snippets available, and then get onboard the baroque psych-pop prog-rock summer-of-love soul train with 'Death of the Sun' by The Stan Laurels. You'll wanna clap your hands purple...in a good way!
I've Been waiting for a long time for an album like this, great music!