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Star People — ...Are Coming
((Not on label) no#, 1998, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2001-03-01

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Anyone who’s seen the Ozrics on their last couple US tours may have caught these folks inadvertently as their opening act. Yes, these are those bizarre guys in tuxes that look like some kind of Las Vegas sideshow, claiming that they come from a distant planet where they worship Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., and mix martinis right there on stage. Bizarre indeed. Despite their weirdness (one almost wonders whether to take them seriously at all) and the lyrics that follow their flying saucers and tuxedoed space men act, these guys really do have chops, and their compositions aren’t too bad either. One might sense that their style is somewhere along the axis between Wall-era Floyd and modern rock/pop bands, with strong hints of King Crimson here and there along the way; hairpin changes in rhythm and some superb instrumental breaks prove these guys have what it takes. However, the deep voices and almost-spoken vocals about signals and spaceships and the Ratpack and such wear thin after a while; this writer often finds himself just wishing that all the vocal bullshit would stop and the band would just play on without singers. At the very end of the disk is a cover of the Klaatu song “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft,” which tends to underscore a rinky-dink lack of focus in many of their own compositions. A good band that shows plenty of promise, but … I dunno, maybe I just don’t get it.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 21, 1998 releases

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