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Star Of Love (2010)

Artist: Crystal Fighters
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Format: CD
Sku: 230235030
UPC: 075678766312
UPC 14: 00075678766312
Release Date: 4/24/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Solar System ~ Crystal Fighters
2. Follow ~ Crystal Fighters
3. Xtatic Truth ~ Crystal Fighters
4. I Do This Everyday ~ Crystal Fighters
5. Champion Sound ~ Crystal Fighters
6. Earth Island ~ Crystal Fighters
7. Plage ~ Crystal Fighters
8. In the Summer ~ Crystal Fighters
9. At Home ~ Crystal Fighters
10. I Love London ~ Crystal Fighters
11. Swallow ~ Crystal Fighters
12. Fiesta ~ Crystal Fighters
13. With You ~ Crystal Fighters

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Chris Hugall (drums).
Muze PNote Adhering to the rule that any self-respecting bunch of indie disco kids must come equipped with a rather incredulous backstory, Anglo-Spanish five-piece Crystal Fighters' debut album, Star of Love, was apparently influenced by an unfinished, existential opera manuscript found in the home of female vocalist Laure Stockley's insane late grandfather. While this unlikely source of inspiration is sure to get them a few more column inches, the band's self-produced release through their own Zirkulo label is interesting enough on its own, without the need for any madcap tales. Combining traditional Basque instrumentation (txalaparta, danbolin, txistu) with a schizophrenic barrage of sounds, it's a unique take on the electro-clash genre which certainly differentiates them from their fellow Crystal-monikered counterparts. This everything but the kitchen sink approach works wonders on the euphoric nu-rave of "Xtatic Truth," which provides the first real glimpse of Sebastian Pringle's "acquired taste" Latin parody vocals, and the arms-in-the-air flamenco trance of closer "Follow." But occasionally, it feels like the band is more concerned with showcasing their genre-hopping tastes than in creating anything listenable. "I Love London," a shout-out to the less celebrated corners of the capital, is a messy, grime-fueled slab of hipster nonsense, "I Do This Everyday" misguidedly attempts to revive the nu-metal scene with an ear-shattering mix of shrieking guitars, ambient bleeps, and yelping vocals, while "Swallow" starts out nicely as a blissful chill-out ballad before the ubiquitous, wobbly basslines drop to kickstart a turgid slice of dubstep. But when the album calms down, it's a treat. "Plage," a charming tale of young love set against a backdrop of calypso guitars and Afro-beat rhythms, recalls Vampire Weekend at their finest, "Champion Sound" is a gorgeous, summery slice of Balearic-tinged dancehall based on Basque folk piece "Sagar Dantza," while "At Home" combines lullaby-esque synths with enchanting folk-pop melodies to produce the best kids TV theme that never was. Star of Love could never be accused of being boring, but from its tale of inception to its constant attempts at kookiness, it all feels a little too calculated. However, there's enough potential here to suggest that if they stop trying so hard, they could be a force to be reckoned with. ~ Jon O'Brien

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Kitsune Maison 7

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/24/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 530884
Music Label Name Label : Atlantic (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075678766312

Professional Reviews

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "There's a thrilling carnival atmosphere to STAR OF LOVE....Unique..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Crystal Fighters
Product attributeLabel:   Atlantic/q Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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