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Star Period Star — Can't See the Forest
(Audible Cropcircle ACC-20131, 2013, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2014-06-02

Can't See the Forest Cover artCan't See the Forest starts out with "Survivorman," which has a great beginning, a rocking riff with nice interaction between guitar, bass, and keys (mostly organ). Then about a minute and a half in, the singing starts. The vocals are off-key, and they've wisely chosen to wrap them in distortion, making the pitch problems into a kind of edgy virtue. The piece ends with some more tight arranging between the instruments, along with a mono-synth solo to wrap it all up. On balance, a successful track. The rest of the CD continues this trend, with great instrumental work marred by vocals that are questionable at best, and sometimes downright painful to listen to. I'd love to recommend Star Period Star — these guys are good players, and the compositions and arrangements are both really good, but in order to become a really good band, something needs to change. This may be one of those things where months down the line, I decide that I can deal with it — I have learned to love some bands whose vocals repelled me at first, but in this case, I don't see it happening.

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