Star Gazing

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Star Gazing is a 13-track rounding up of modern electronic artists who straddle the line between electronica and indie rock. Artists like Maximilian Hecker, whose "Infinite Love Song" is a highlight, and Ladytron add the trappings of electronic music synths, drum machines to their otherwise indie song stylings. Groups like Soviet and Schneider TM work in the opposite direction, adding indie rock touches song structure, wispy vocals to their otherwise electronic sound. There is nothing especially new about this phenomenon, as one only needs to look back to New Order as the Alpine Stars certainly have to confirm this, but in the year 2003 it became a vital force on both ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Star Gazing is a 13-track rounding up of modern electronic artists who straddle the line between electronica and indie rock. Artists like Maximilian Hecker, whose "Infinite Love Song" is a highlight, and Ladytron add the trappings of electronic music synths, drum machines to their otherwise indie song stylings. Groups like Soviet and Schneider TM work in the opposite direction, adding indie rock touches song structure, wispy vocals to their otherwise electronic sound. There is nothing especially new about this phenomenon, as one only needs to look back to New Order as the Alpine Stars certainly have to confirm this, but in the year 2003 it became a vital force on both scenes. The best songs here, Lali Puna's "Fast Forward" and Blue States' "Your Girl," make a convincing blend of the two styles and come up with something interesting. Unfortunately too many of the artists here seem content trying to recreate synth pop. G.D. Luxxe and Solvent's "Quiet Life" and the Alpine Stars' "77 Sunset Strip" sound like they were the songs on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack that weren't hits. While there is some pleasure in hearing that era recreated so devotedly, it ultimately is nothing more than a pointless exercise in nostalgia. Star Gazing is a good reflection of the sound of indie electronic music circa 2003. Whether it is a fulfilling listening experience depends on the listener's tolerance for nostalgia.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • Label: GUIDANCE RECORDINGS
  • UPC: 634651058129
  • Catalog Number: 581

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Infinite Love Song - Maximilian Hecker (4:46)
  2. 2 Frogtoise - Schneider TM (3:44)
  3. 3 Quiet Life - GD Luxxe (6:20)
  4. 4 A One Day Trip in an Elevator (6:10)
  5. 5 Candy Girl - Soviet (4:15)
  6. 6 Playgirl - Ladytron (3:51)
  7. 7 77 Sunset Strip - Alpinestars (3:39)
  8. 8 Love Can Damage Your Health - Télépopmusik (4:29)
  9. 9 La Chicago Detroit L.A. - Zoot Woman (3:55)
  10. 10 Breathless - The Funky Lowlives (5:33)
  11. 11 Your Girl - Blue States (5:06)
  12. 12 Blue Monday - Flunk (4:16)
  13. 13 Fast Forward - Lali Puna (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
William Solomon Percussion
Alpinestars Group
J.K. Whitehouse Keyboards
Brad Wiassman Double Bass
Seb Wesson Guitar
Clare Szembek Vocals
Ian Adams Drums
Technical Credits
New Order Composer
Glyn Thomas Composer
Thomas MacCluskey Composer
Gerhard Potuznik Composer
Markus Acher Composer
Adam Blake Producer
Gary Danks Composer
J.K. Whitehouse Composer
Vredeber Albrecht Remixing
Richard Woolgar Composer
Maximilian Hecker Composer
Andy Dragazis Composer
Dirk Dresselhaus Composer
Stuart Price Producer
Valerie Trebeljahr Composer
Chris Otchy Producer
Jason Amm Composer
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