steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Star & Micey

Self-titled CD

Ardent Music

Genre: coffeeshop indie pop

Nashville, TN

April 2010

Polished, infectious, and hideously listenable, Star & Micey clue into a few little treasures on this debut ten-tracker, though inconsistency proves to be a concern. These Tennesseans exude the sort of youthful elegance that could land them a spot on a Starbucks sampler some day, particularly on sticky folk-pop romp “So Much Pain” and (guiltily) irresistible “I Am the One She Needs,” which belongs to the suave singer-songwriter camp occupied by Jason Mraz, Damien Rice, et al. Elsewhere, things don't fare so well: mopey “On Your Own” is dreadfully lethargic, and “Carly” is flatly lifeless. Later tracks such as “Nelson” and “Quicksand” are simply average, marking a somewhat bland end to the record; in fact, the last strong track is the fourth to last – “Late at Night” – which is blessed with a turgid rhythm and a delightfully alt-country-tinged, moonlight melody. Casual listeners will dig the crisp tones and easy hooks of this respectable record, but the weak points are tough to overlook.

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"My Beginning":

Michael Tau

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2009]