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Fell In Love At 22
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2005
Despite being only a five-song E.P., Starflyer 59's "Fell In Love at 22" is a brilliant 26-minutes worth of music. Released in 1998 shortly after the full-length album "The Fashion Focus", "Fell In Love at 22" is Starflyer at their most laid-back and for lack of a better word, their most 'ambient'.

The E.P.'s title track also appears on "The Fashion Focus" album and is a beautiful love ballad. "We Want It Bad" is another ballad with a slightly moodier vibe to it. "E.P. Nights" sounds like a mid-80's alternative rock piece in the style of The Cure or Joy Division (especially with the haunting keyboard lines).

The centerpiece of the whole E.P. is the instrumental "Traffic Jam". At 14-minutes, it is still the longest piece of music recorded by Starflyer. The guitar vibrato and slow-paced rhythm gives the music a lazy surf-pop vibe which makes this piece ideal for long drives along the beach. The additional traffic sounds further enhance the overall mood.

After this epic, comes the beautiful laid back closing piece "Samson" with more surf-guitar and soft vocals. Definitely a tender closer.

Despite this E.P. being out-of-print and being rather difficult to find, "Fell In Love at 22" is worth searching out as it includes some of Starflyer 59's most intriguing music. So, if you don't own it yet, now's the time to.

Worth it alone for "Traffic Jam".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 1999
This is another brillant release from the musical genius of Jason Martin and his Starflyer 59 machine. All the tracks are great from "Fell in Love at 22" to "Sampson" and the melodic "These are the nights". Starflyer proves again that it is lightyears ahead of the music industry with it's trance and dream-like vocals plus hypnotic instrumentals. If you have never heard of Starflyer 59, then it's time you listen to this brillant release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Starflyer does it again by putting out this album with (seemingly) outtakes from "The Fashion Focus" The album starts off inconspicously enough with "Fell in Love at 22", a somber prom-night ballad that is an SF trademark. Things kick up a little, but not much with "We Got it Bad", a slow, contemplative ballad with a little twang guitar. Finally, here comes "EP Nights",one of the best songs i've ever heard. It starts out with a minimalistic approach, then explodes in the chorus with guitar,keyboard, and orchestra. The last two tracks are nothing special, but they are gems in their own right. Bottom line? This is a great disc...for anyone who's ever been broken hearted....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 1999
"Fell in love at 22" is a great collection of outtakes from the recording sessions for SF59's recent full-length album, "The Fashion Focus." This EP takes a more laid-back approach than the album, and has a similar feel to the softer songs on sF59's "She's the queen" EP. Jason Martin's slide guitar and soft, aching vocals shimmer on "We want it bad." "EP Nights", the heaviest moment on the album, with it's soaring synth line and explosive chorus, is already a fan favorite. Other album highlights include the epic, 13 minute "Traffic Jam" and the quiet, plaintive "Sampson."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 1999
Starfyler 59 has created a great little snack for fans and those who have always been afraid to spend $15 on a band that they were not sure of. YOU CANNOT GO wrong with this album. The great thing about this little Ep is that all the songs have a slightly different flavor and you wont find your self only listening to one or two songs over and over, but the whole thing over and over and over....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 1999
I have only heard two of the songs on this Ep but they are both very,very good!!! Of every SF59 release that I have heard I think they are all good. If you are into heavy, progressive guitars, with soft,smoothing, yer rawking vocals. Then I would recomend that you pick up any of SF59's releases.
Jonathan
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on April 19, 2004
i first completly listened to this album a few years back at my friends house who was into alot of wierd music that was not your typical pop rock etc. It shocked me, i had never heard anything like this before. Jason Martin has a voice of an angel, and you can't say that often about male singers. The way his voice is arranged with the instruments is incredable. It is so blurred and hidden, unlike any kind of radio stuff at the time. As i became more of a fan of SF59 i did not understand why they were not so much more mainstream then they really are and it kind of bothered me. i wanted everyone to be able to hear what i was hearing in my head. But as i thought about it more and more as i kept listening to this album as i went to bed everynight and falling asleep to it, i realized that i liked how little known SF59 was and i wanted this to be my personal sound to pure bliss. I think that this album could be one long song and i would make it the soundtrack of my life, thanks SF59 for this musically brilliant album
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on August 4, 2000
You really can't go wrong with this album! "Fell In Love At 22" is such a sad, beautiful song. The remainder of the songs are equally as good, especially "Traffic Jam". I'd have to say that is one of my favorite songs of all time; it's fourteen minutes long, has no words, and has the most CHILL value of any SF59 song. You can put on your headphones and close your eyes and drown in the music. No kidding, this is a great EP and is SO worth 6 bucks. 4 stars.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2002
This EP seemed fairly lackluster to me. The title track is just a cut from the previous album which sounds remarkably like the first Beatle who left this earth. Then there's the sprawling instrumental jam "Traffic Jam" that just goes on forever and sure, it's arty to realize that Martin's trying to encapsulate the boredom and frustration of a traffic jam in musical form, but it doesn't make for good listening. The synthesizer part for "E.P. Nights" is more-than-slightly annoying and the remaining two songs will put you to sleep. If you're looking at getting any SF release to begin with, this is not the one. Check out The Fashion Focus or Gold or Silver or their newest one. Unless you're a fan, the EPs aren't that engaging.
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