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Album Review

There's a Star Above the Manger Tonight is a surprising turnaround for Red Red Meat, one that most of their fervent supporters wouldn't have expected. Over the coruse of their first two LPs, the group reworked classic rock and folk-rock, creating a shambling, charming indie variation of roots-rock. Though that remains the foundation of their sound, the group opens their music up by incorporating samplers, synthesizers and sequencers, bringing their country-rock into dub and trip-hop territory. For some old fans, the change might be a little off-putting, and some of the experimentations do fall flat, but There's a Star Above the Manger Tonight remains a brave record, and one that moves the band toward new, often uncharted territory. They might not always be successful, or know where they're going, but it's usually interesting.

Customer Reviews

Alt-country at it's best

I always thought this was the kind of alt-country album Bright Eyes would want to put out. Something with an edge, going in many different directions.


I like the eclectic style of this album and the rawness of thier sound.It's strange to me how this album has yet to be reviewed.This record isn't mindblowing but it is rather good.

A Star Above the Manger

Sulfur, Paul Pachal, and Airstream Driver are all fabulous. This album has intrigued me since it came out. I can't say I can listen to it all the way through every time, but the good stuff is sooo gooood...


Formed: 1991 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Shuffled from the deck of the Chicago folk-punk outfit Friends of Betty in 1990, the modern blues balladeers of Red Red Meat would provide a stunning counterpoint to the windy city's popular Material Issue/Urge Overkill glam-informed swagger. Tim Rutili (vocals, guitars) and Glynis Johnson (bass, vocals), both of founding members of Friends of Betty, along with new recruits Brian Deck (drums) and Crows guitarist Glenn Girard, released their first single, Snowball, in 1991. Internal conflict and personal...
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