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Little Star

GirlymanAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B0008191GA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. On The Air
2. Superior
3. Speechless
4. Young James Dean
5. Soldiers
6. I Wonder Where You've Gone
7. Commander
8. Bird on The Wire
9. Genevieve
10. Kittery Tide
11. I Know Where You Are
12. This Is Me

Editorial Reviews

Nate Borofsky, Doris Muramatsu, and Ty Greenstein of the modern folk trio Girlyman scheduled the group’s first rehearsal for September 11, 2001. Doris and Ty, who met in the second grade, had recently abandoned their former project as a duo; their friend Nate had just moved to New York after four solo years on the Boston music scene. When all three suddenly found themselves living in the same Brooklyn apartment, it seemed only natural to combine their talents into a new group. According to Nate, the rehearsal was quickly forgotten, but the events of September 11 helped shape the trio’s vision: "It brought us in touch with our own mortality. We realized that we wanted to have fun, to do what felt right to us, and to not take ourselves too seriously. We started out by calling ourselves Girlyman."

Maybe it’s this mix of earnestness and humor that has audiences nationwide falling in love with Girlyman, or maybe it’s just that their soaring three-part harmonies are unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Maybe it’s their folk-pop-bluegrass sound—something like Nickel Creek meets the B-52’s, where the members switch off songwriting duties, lead vocals, and a range of instruments—or maybe it’s the catchy, often haunting melodies. Either way, Girlyman is on a roll. After the group won an Independent Music Award for their debut CD Remember Who I Am, Amy Ray (one of the contest’s judges) decided to sign them to her indie label Daemon Records. When the Indigo Girls invited Girlyman to join them on the road, the as-yet unknown opening act received standing ovations and sold so many CDs that the label had to make an emergency shipment...and when those sold out, another.

Since then, the buzz about Girlyman has grown to a low roar. Since signing with Daemon, Girlyman has appeared on internationally syndicated radio shows like Mountain Stage and has received dazzling reviews in dozens of national and regional publications. The trio’s robust 2004 festival season included appearances at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Boston Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, where Girlyman was voted "Most Wanted to Return."

"The word about Girlyman is spreading like wildfire," says Ray, "and the kicker is that they’ve just begun."

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars come on, try it, you'll like it! June 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you've never heard Girlyman, give them a listen. As a long-time fan of close harmony, I have to say that Girlyman sings some of the best I have ever heard! Take a cup full of Peter, Paul and Mary, throw in a spoonful of Simon and Garfunkel, a dash of CSNY, and top it all off with a liberal sprinkling of the Indigo Girls--and you get the taste of Girlyman. But beware, once you try it, you can't listen just once!

The new album, Little Star, is simply an awe-inspiring follow-up to the first album, Remember Who I Am. The Gman sound has grown--even tighter, closer harmonies and seeking, insightful lyrics. The subtle densities of the instrumentations provide an able backdrop for the harmonies, but never obscure the lyrics.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girlyman is anything but a Little Star! June 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The amazing sounds of Girlyman will hook you at first listen. This harmonizing trio produces a sound so deep, it is hard to believe they are just three people. The addition of piano, organ, and other instruments on this album only improves their sound! Little Star says volumes about love, war, gender, and other social issues facing our generation. You'll be moved by what you hear...words can't fully explain the beauty of this group!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Harmonies October 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I picked this up because it was recommended based on some of my other purchases. Yep, they were right on. This album reminds me of Cry, Cry, Cry (Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky, & Richard Shindell). The three members of this band alternate lead vocals throughout the record. The others fill in with glorious hamonies. It's smart, interesting, complex, and fun. If you like acoustic folk music with solid harmonies, you need to buy this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, funny, and smart June 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This CD is amazing in so many ways. Many of the songs are ridiculously beautiful (Soldiers, I Know Where You Are, This Is Me) and the harmonies are unbelievable. Some of the songs are fun (On the Air) and genre-bending (the country/bluegrass Kittery Tide and I Wonder Where You Have Gone). Several are political or social commentary (Superior, Young James Dean, Soldiers, Commander). The genius of this band can't be explained. Just take a listen to all the clips and you'll be hooked!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Girlyman(Ty Greenstein, Doris Muramatsu, Nate Borofsky) has a unique quality of connecting with their audience, in a powerful way, from the first time they come onstage. Their music has such lush and interesting harmonies,with lyrics that are intelligent, that if you don't know what to expect, they bowl you over. Some of their songs are just haunting. This CD captures that quality, and shows off many of their talents with sounds ranging from more contemporary folk to bluegrass and some pop. Speechless is a lovesong with a haunting melody, great lyrics, and of course wonderful harmonies. It stops me in my tracks everytime it comes on. Seeing a live performance is ideal, but this CD is the next best thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album now. November 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I stumbled into this magical trio when they opened for Dar Williams in Newport, KY. "Speechless" and "This is me" brought me to tears. The next day, I immediately hassled the record store to hold this cd for me (as they were sold out and backordered). Not only do they have beautiful, soul touching songs mentioned above, but they include smart, sharp political songs that make you want to shout it out to the world.

This is a record that we all need to hear now.

Thank you, Girlyman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first time! May 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've seen Girlyman live many times, and they're just amazing. Their covers, which are not available on CD, are often beautiful and sometimes hilarious. For those of you who don't have the chance to see them live, Little Star is the next best thing. The songs on the CD sound so close to the live versions that you can sit back an imagine being there. If you want real music played by fiercely talented musicians who clearly love making music, Little Star will live in your CD player for weeks. Girlyman has combined the best aspects of the folk, pop, rock, and bluegrass genres. Their music is a rare mixture of lush three-part harmonies, well crafted lyrics, emotional depth, humor, and social commentary. I have been addicted to Girlyman's first CD, Remember Who I Am, and Little Star is proof that the band is getting better and better. This is easily the best CD released this year. I love all the songs on Little Star, but my favorites are On the Air, Young James Dean, Soldiers, Bird on the Wire, and This is Me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music as always. April 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I saw Girlyman in concert with Dar Williams and let me tell you they stole the show...even though they weren't the mainliner band. I absolutely love this CD! It always give me chills to hear how well their voices harmonize. I'd definately love to see them again. You can't go wrong with this cd.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT 'doowop' genre!
Girlyman is NOT doowop genre, and needs to be awakened to that fact and remove it from that genre as it is completely false! Read more
Published 11 months ago by missblast
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent vocals!!!
Girlyman makes music worth listening to again. The songs tell stories that make you want to listen rather than just hear the words. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Charles R. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional songwriting, vocal, arranging talent in a small group.
This Little Star CD is one of the most enjoyable discoveries I've made lately. The songs are from the heart and head. The arrangements of instrumentation are very tasty. Read more
Published on July 9, 2007 by Michael Satterwhite
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous group, superb CD
Just got back from Northampton, MA concert. Sat through 2 sets. College crowd, banter appropriate to crowd, talented trio of musicians (all multi-instrumental), compelling music,... Read more
Published on April 2, 2007 by John F. Holtz
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars plus
Such a wide range of music types on one cd, everyone will like something. Most people will like them all. Read more
Published on September 5, 2006 by Michelle Pruitt
5.0 out of 5 stars girlyman
great album and fun band. saw them open for dar williams -- even better live, but this album has most of their best songs. Great tongue in cheek humor
Published on March 22, 2006 by Dan Gralnek
1.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BLENDS
One of the best new folk/jass bands we have heard in a long time.

Saw them recently on stage with the Indigo Girls and they were a wonderful compliment to the show. Read more
Published on August 10, 2005 by Lizzy
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