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Stars And Satellites

April 10, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Label: Banjodad Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Banjodad Records
  • Total Length: 43:11
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B007DD1KGK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,955 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

We heard them live last week and are as amazing live as their cd.
Browns
She wasn't into this type of music much until I turned this album on for her - huge difference, we love it!
JasonB
Everything about this album is perfect: the lyrics, the vocals, the instruments.
Danielle Masucci

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By skatastic425 on April 10, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I've been a huge fan of TbT since I discovered them about a year ago (it's a shame not sooner) and fell in love with their meaningful lyrics and energetic style. They are a huge inspiration for me as a fiddle, guitar, and bass player, and I can't seem to remove their last three albums from my car's six-disc changer. Simonett is an excellent singer and songwriter, and each member of the band is so talented at what he plays.

Now their latest (and for me, long-awaited) album Stars and Satellites is here, and it is nothing short of the amazing talent that TbT has so far demonstrated in their last few albums, particularly Trouble, Duluth, and Palomino. If you loved TbT before, you will continue to do so with their latest release.

Having said that, it is a different album from the others, but certainly not in a bad way. The lyrics are overall more contemplative, the style overall more mellow. That is not to say there aren't a few of their typical fast-paced, rambling tunes on here ("Walt Whitman," "Risk," "Sorry," and "Don't Look Down," for example), but the rest are more relaxed in nature ("Midnight on the Interstate," "Alone," and "High Water" are perfect examples of this), and it is in these more thoughtful songs where the album truly shines.

The laid-back and meditative feel of the album actually makes perfect sense considering where the band recorded the album, according to the Vignette Series/Making Of videos the band released on YouTube: in a secluded cabin in the woods. What is particularly laudable is the songwriting; the lyrics leave me in awe every time. The songs have an almost lonely, lost feel to them, and a sense of longing for what has been and what may be.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. E. McFeely on April 10, 2012
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Love, love, love it!

I have to listen to Stars and Satellites a few (hundred?) more times to figure out if my favorite TBT song is on this album - especially since the last two albums Duluth (Methodism in Middle America, Duluth, and Shenandoah) and Palomino (Gasoline, Victory, and Wait So Long) had so many outstanding tracks. That said, as an album, I think it is a more cohesive collection of songs. They flow great when listening to the entire album and they are great individual songs that will work for the 'shufflers' out there.

I like the direction this album has taken and I can't wait to see them when they tour this spring and summer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By listen_er on April 20, 2012
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I have stated before that I wince a bit when people try to classify groups like this into one genre or another. While this group could be considered bluegrass or country in its instrumentation and lean, there is a decidedly different feel. There is not much to consider traditional about this group. Somewhat like the Avett Brothers are blazing their own trail in the alt country scene, this group should not be far behind.

Overall, what is growing and growing on me with this album is TBT's lean away from albums in the past where they sometimes seemed to sing songs in between playing hypersonic ones. There is absolutely nothing rushed here whatsoever and the songs are so intimate and at times they simply bleed hauntingly visceral sorrow that twist you with languid pulls on the fiddle (Widower's Heart, High Water, Midnight on the Interstate). This album is angst, honestly, and introspection smothered in mandolin and banjo(Calm and the Crying Wind). Beautiful is another song that is arranged so absolutely simple, they just plop a fat piece of emotion out on a plate for you to chew.

You won't be disappointed by TBT's infamous uptempo digs either, tunes like Walt Whitman and Risk are impressive.

I feel in a weird way that the group is maturing and spending hard time on the road and licking the wounds of life that we, ironically, get to enjoy in our own voyeuristic way.

Get this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kane on May 20, 2012
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What can TBT do other than keep making some of the best "new grass" music on the independent music circuit? I don't know, but when they let off, I'll be sorely disappointed. "Stars and Satellites" is an excellent album unto itself, but buyer beware, if your only experience with this fast paced and quick-witted band comes from listening to Palomino, this one may leave you wanting. Not nearly as frenetic and high energy, it seems that they took much more time to intentionally slow some spots down to challenge the listener, to (*gasp*) listen carefully for the craft that they bring to the scene. I'm sold on anything these guys put out, and will line up for it in advance, just don't expect the same album each time, and appreciate each one for what it is
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jan S on April 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Trampled by Turtles from Duluth is a nice little secret but not for long because this is the best new bluegrass band out there today. After their appearance on the David Letterman show last night, hopefully others will discover how great this band is. Their new album Stars and Satellites really brings their sound together in a rich and very blended way. These guys are awesome musicians!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan on May 1, 2012
Format: Vinyl
I very much enjoy this album, but i am giving it a 4 out of 5 because its not as fast paced as i would have liked it. Palomino is one of my favorite albums of all time you cannot beat victory, wait so long and sounds like a movie. as a matter of fact i think i will go buy the Palomino [Vinyl] as well as the stars and satellites vinyl.
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