Stargazing [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
As wonderful as Alpha's sophomore effort, The Impossible Thrill, is, Stargazing surpasses it in almost every respect; the album's perfectly dreamy, organic, and lush songs feel like more logical successors to the spellbinding Come from Heaven. Corin Dingley and Andy Jenks themselves admitted that they lost the plot when it came to melody and rhythm prior to recording the songs that make up Stargazing, but with these 14 songs, they've made a bold, gorgeous return to the heart of atmospheric trip-hop. But reaching for accessibility hasn't dampened the band's ethereal dynamics. If they previously sounded like they were channeling Massive Attack and Portishead, here they ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
As wonderful as Alpha's sophomore effort, The Impossible Thrill, is, Stargazing surpasses it in almost every respect; the album's perfectly dreamy, organic, and lush songs feel like more logical successors to the spellbinding Come from Heaven. Corin Dingley and Andy Jenks themselves admitted that they lost the plot when it came to melody and rhythm prior to recording the songs that make up Stargazing, but with these 14 songs, they've made a bold, gorgeous return to the heart of atmospheric trip-hop. But reaching for accessibility hasn't dampened the band's ethereal dynamics. If they previously sounded like they were channeling Massive Attack and Portishead, here they expand on influences ranging from Nick Drake, Lee Hazlewood, the Association, and John Barry. Strings and horns explode into fantastic musical flourishes, lounge-y ballads mix with sci-fi sound effects making for beautiful tension, and any kind of genre map is thrown in the trash as the duo and its quartet of vocalists paint evocative aural pictures with tender, freaky textures. Longtime vocal collaborators Wendy Stubbs, Helen White, and Martin Barnard see an addition to their fold with the soulful Prince-on-a-bender tones of newcomer Kelvin Swaby. Swaby's soulful voice is a perfect fit with Alpha, making for a brilliant change of pace on the soaring "Elvis." "Lipstick from the Asylum" and "Portable Living Room" are fine examples of the songwriting maturity of Dingley and Jenks; they allow Barnard's voice to be the focal point over sweet, bubbling electronic tones, where perhaps they might have overloaded the songs with atmospheric flourishes in the past. Anyone who appreciated the moody music of Come from Heaven will revel in Stargazing, and the album deserves to win the group new fans. While some of the group's contemporaries were releasing somewhat blundering, meandering albums, Alpha hit the ball out of the park with Stargazing and redefined intelligent and passionate electronic soul music. Stargazing sits easily among the best albums of 2003.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003035422
  • Catalog Number: 30354

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sleepdust (1:36)
  2. 2 Once Round Town (3:01)
  3. 3 The Things You Might (2:47)
  4. 4 Lipstick from the Asylum (3:52)
  5. 5 Elvis (3:23)
  6. 6 As Far as You Can (3:30)
  7. 7 Horseshit (4:22)
  8. 8 Saturn in Rain (4:43)
  9. 9 Silver Light (4:11)
  10. 10 Roy (3:17)
  11. 11 I Just Wanna Make You (3:51)
  12. 12 Blue Autumn (4:50)
  13. 13 Vers Toi (3:48)
  14. 14 Portable Living Room (4:01)
  15. 15 A Perfect End (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alpha Primary Artist
Robert Locke Bass
Martin Barnard Vocals
Joe "Public" Allen Bass
Wendy Stubbs Vocals
Technical Credits
John Dent Mastering
Corin Dingley Composer, Producer, Remastering
Helen White Cover Photo
Andy Jenks Composer, Producer, Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A gorgeous album.

    The texture of this album makes it an outstanding choice. With Kelvin Swaby, the band heads to a different dimension. Personal favourites include: 'Saturn in Rain', 'I Just Wanna Make You' and 'Lipstick from the Aslym'. A lush collection. A must have for fans of earlier Alpha albums.

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