Gilded Stars and Zealous Hearts

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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
LP #3 for this fine D.C. quintet is a disappointment. This writer usually loves good, strong production, so the hiring of Cliff Norrell, fresh from his inspired mixing work on Catherine Wheel's Happy Days and R.E.M.'s Automatic For the People, sounded perfect for V.G. Instead, Norrell's taken the spunk out of them. The sound is not too glossy, or dull, or plodding. It's just too perfect, too streamlined, too clean, transforming a promising indie outfit into just another pop group, like a million faceless others. The group's long-standing virtues, its modesty, it's love of pop craft, it's amiable nature, are all here, and Gilded Stars should be a fine effort, but it lacks the...
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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
LP #3 for this fine D.C. quintet is a disappointment. This writer usually loves good, strong production, so the hiring of Cliff Norrell, fresh from his inspired mixing work on Catherine Wheel's Happy Days and R.E.M.'s Automatic For the People, sounded perfect for V.G. Instead, Norrell's taken the spunk out of them. The sound is not too glossy, or dull, or plodding. It's just too perfect, too streamlined, too clean, transforming a promising indie outfit into just another pop group, like a million faceless others. The group's long-standing virtues, its modesty, it's love of pop craft, it's amiable nature, are all here, and Gilded Stars should be a fine effort, but it lacks the old edge. "Gilded Stars" and "Same Old City" should be world-beaters; instead they're world-wearies headed toward easy-listening oblivion. That these songs came to life live, recently, points the finger at a confining production job.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/1996
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • UPC: 098787034028
  • Catalog Number: 340

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gilded Stars (3:22)
  2. 2 Nothing (2:46)
  3. 3 Just Like That (2:34)
  4. 4 Same Old City (3:49)
  5. 5 Go Coastal (3:18)
  6. 6 Lose Something (2:23)
  7. 7 It's Not for You (3:00)
  8. 8 Zealous Heart (3:14)
  9. 9 The Only Ones (3:04)
  10. 10 Finest Hour (2:56)
  11. 11 Blue in Spite (2:37)
  12. 12 Formula 1 Throwaway (3:31)
  13. 13 For the Record (2:40)
  14. 14 One Word (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Velocity Girl Primary Artist
Brian Nelson Guitar
Clif Norrell Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Jim Spellman Drums
Ted Leo Background Vocals
Chris Norberg Background Vocals
Sarah Shannon Vocals
Kelly Riles Bass
Archie Moore Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Velocity Girl Producer
Clif Norrell Producer, Engineer
Steve Raskin Contributor
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