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EDITORS’ NOTES

Though not a complete departure, Everything Is Different Now marks a new maturity on the part of Stellar Kart. This time out, the band’s considerable energy has been channeled away from giddy rave-ups towards more worshipful expressions. True, there are still outbursts of joy here, such as a synthesizer-accented cover of Fee’s “We Shine” and an aggressive, riff-heavy take on Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit In the Sky,” and the album’s title track is a careening rallying-cry in the tradition of SK’s earlier material. Overall, though, there’s an emphasis on more contemplative praise tunes, served up with the youthful idealism that has always characterized the band’s work. “Something Holy” (an electronica-tinged original) and “You Never Let Go” (a folk/pop treatment of the popular Matt Redman tune) are especially impressive. “Like the Sun” — a dreamy, Beatlesque piano ballad — lets the band explore some fresh sonic textures. Producer Ian Eskelin does a commendable job at steeling Stellar Kart towards a more nuanced sound without repressing their wide-eyed fervor, musically or spiritually.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though not a complete departure, Everything Is Different Now marks a new maturity on the part of Stellar Kart. This time out, the band’s considerable energy has been channeled away from giddy rave-ups towards more worshipful expressions. True, there are still outbursts of joy here, such as a synthesizer-accented cover of Fee’s “We Shine” and an aggressive, riff-heavy take on Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit In the Sky,” and the album’s title track is a careening rallying-cry in the tradition of SK’s earlier material. Overall, though, there’s an emphasis on more contemplative praise tunes, served up with the youthful idealism that has always characterized the band’s work. “Something Holy” (an electronica-tinged original) and “You Never Let Go” (a folk/pop treatment of the popular Matt Redman tune) are especially impressive. “Like the Sun” — a dreamy, Beatlesque piano ballad — lets the band explore some fresh sonic textures. Producer Ian Eskelin does a commendable job at steeling Stellar Kart towards a more nuanced sound without repressing their wide-eyed fervor, musically or spiritually.

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About Stellar Kart

A Phoenix, AZ-based Christian pop-punk outfit, Stellar Kart released their first album, All Gas, No Brake, in early 2005. A few singles from the album managed to crack CCM radio, justifying the young band's recent deal with Word Records. However, Stellar Kart's breakout year would prove to be 2006, as their follow-up album (We Can't Stand Sitting Down) scored a number one single ("Me and Jesus") on the Hot Christian Songs chart, not to mention winning the band a 2007 Dove Award. This would also be the year of Stellar Kart's first headlining tour, alongside groups like Run Kid Run and Eleventyseven. In 2008, the group returned to the scene with album number three, entitled Expect the Impossible. ~ Chris True

  • ORIGIN
    Phoenix, AZ

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