Dark Touches

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
After a mediocre response to The Handler, Sean Tillmann put his Har Mar Superstar persona on hiatus for five years. In that time, as well as working on on film projects as a screenwriter/actor, he maintained his musical chops by touring with Neon Neon, playing music as his indie alter ego Sean Na-Na, and ghost-writing songs for other pop stars. Endowed with a knack for knowing what makes the perfect, sexy pop song, (he has songwriter credits on hits by Kelly Osbourne, Eve, and Jennifer Lopez), Tillmann shopped "Girls Only" to the Cheetah Girls and "Tall Boy" to Britney Spears, both of whom declined. Too bad for them. Unfazed that the lyrics were primarily about sexing...
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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
After a mediocre response to The Handler, Sean Tillmann put his Har Mar Superstar persona on hiatus for five years. In that time, as well as working on on film projects as a screenwriter/actor, he maintained his musical chops by touring with Neon Neon, playing music as his indie alter ego Sean Na-Na, and ghost-writing songs for other pop stars. Endowed with a knack for knowing what makes the perfect, sexy pop song, (he has songwriter credits on hits by Kelly Osbourne, Eve, and Jennifer Lopez), Tillmann shopped "Girls Only" to the Cheetah Girls and "Tall Boy" to Britney Spears, both of whom declined. Too bad for them. Unfazed that the lyrics were primarily about sexing up boys at the club, Har Mar took the beats back and embraced them as his own, fine-tuning them into two of his biggest party jams. With a floor-rattling hook and an acidic electro-bassline worthy of FutureSex/LoveSounds, "Tall Boy" works equally well as a dedication to Budweiser king cans as it does as a lusty ode to basketball players. Meanwhile, "Girls Only," features Har Mar on a Ladies Night escapade, strutting his stuff while promoting grrrl power and singing about his cute little manicure. It's a strange juxtaposition, but for those who bought into the sex-symbol status of a little chubby balding dude without question, believing that his sexiness transcends gender shouldn't be much of a stretch. Unfortunately, even with the added element of androgyny, after putting out four albums and 50 songs, the Superstar shtick is old-hat. As with his other releases, there are some misses (the purposely dated NKOTB/New Edition-flavored "Almond Joy" and "Dope-Man" come to mind). That said, Har Mar Superstar's never been known for solid full-lengths. He's a song-based artist, and Dark Touches features some of his best singles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Megaforce
  • UPC: 020286138822
  • Catalog Number: 61388

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:08)
  2. 2 Sunshine - Josiah Steinbrick (2:51)
  3. 3 I Got Next - Bryan Hollon (3:07)
  4. 4 Tall Boy (3:09)
  5. 5 Turn It Around (2:50)
  6. 6 Game Night (2:34)
  7. 7 Gangsters Want to Cuddle Me (2:46)
  8. 8 Creative Juices - Jacob Thiele (3:54)
  9. 9 Don't Ask Don't Tell - Josiah Steinbrick (3:13)
  10. 10 Dope, Man (2:54)
  11. 11 Girls Only (3:43)
  12. 12 Almond Joy (3:35)
  13. 13 Turn the Key - Josiah Steinbrick (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Har Mar Superstar Primary Artist
Brian Gallagher Saxophone
Michael Bland Drums
Dorian Crozier Drums
Erica Daking Vocals
Paloma Udovic Strings
Asa Taccone Vocals
Loribeth Capella Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Kurstin Composer, Producer
Inara George Composer
Sean Tillmann Composer
Clark Baechle Composer, Producer
Boom Bip Producer
Jacob Thiele Composer, Producer
Josiah Steinbrick Composer
Stef "P.O.S." Alexander Composer
Bryan Hollon Composer
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