Influential `70s power pop group Big Star return with 1st album in over 30 years. Original band members Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens got together with Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer (of The Posies) to produce their most ambitious recording to date. Ryko. 2005.
If a band releases a pair of the most brilliant slabs of Revolver
power pop in successive years, and no one is around to hear them, do they make a sound? If the answer were yes, perhaps this record--marketed as Big Stars "first studio album in 30 years"--would be receiving more fanfare. Unfortunately, both #1 Record
(1972) and Radio City
(1973)--subsequently reissued together on one disc
--went virtually undetectable, save for the hundreds of bands who cite them as influences and the thousands of fans who discovered them long after the Memphis band had disintegrated. Starring two of the four original members (including the unpredictable Alex Chilton) with two members of the Posies in tow, In Space
is far from a Big Star record, though it does feature some of Chiltons most catchy work in 15 years: "Februarys Quiet" mimics Matthew Sweet, "Mine Exclusively" comes straight out of Stax, and "Best Chance Weve Ever Had" is as close to the original band as were going to get. If youve been waiting patiently for this one, it will fit in your collection. But if youre starting from scratch, go back three decades and catch up. --Scott Holter