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Dial M

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Editorial Reviews

For Starflyer 59, longevity and quality go hand-in-hand. Since 1993, California's finest shoegazers have been churning out lush masterpieces that seem to only improve with time. From albums like Gold (1995) to I Am The Portuguese Blues (2004), the group has remained not only captivating but increasingly innovative as well. Jason Martin's haunting vocal display perfectly accompanies the atmospheric mood set by the dreamy guitar lines, creating a sort of glimmering magic that could only come from one of Tooth & Nail Records' most gifted. Starflyer returns in 2008 with "Dial M", one of the most personal and lyrically moving records in the bands history. With careful attention paid to building lush layered songs around driving rhythmic acoustics and vulnerable lyrics, "Dial M" has become an instant standout in the Starflyer catalogue.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Minor Keys
  2. God Forbid
  3. Concentrate
  4. Who Said It's Easy
  5. M23
  6. Taxi
  7. Automatic
  8. Altercation
  9. Mr. Martin
  10. I Love You Like The Early Bird


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 28, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • ASIN: B001G5ZOC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Is that a corny review title? I don't know and I really don't care. I once reviewed an SF59 album on Amazon when I was in high school, and 7 years later my coworkers found it and made fun of me because of just how highly I speak of Jason Martin and his work. His is seriously some of the best music out there.

This album is great--it's a bit toned down from the poppy fun of "My Island," so be prepared, but it feels right. Martin evolves a bit from album to album, and this feels like the proper next step. Absolutely pick this up, give it a listen, pop in "Americana" or "Gold" next, and ask yourself if any other musician on the scene is producing such diverse and engaging work.
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Back in the day, I snapped up all of SF59's early stuff, but I lost interest after "Americana". Then I heard "Minor Keys" on Tony Shore's Obviouspop podcast, and I was immediately hooked again. Jason Martin channels Johnny Marr perfectly to craft a contemporary Smiths-style song that both transcends anything Morrissey/Marr wrote and is the single best track Jason has ever recorded. This isn't surprising, given the fact that the Smiths' The Queen is Dead is a self-acknowledged favorite of Jason. The rest of the album maintains that high standard. Jason is finally comfortable in this style of pop/rock music, with confident vocals that are clearly discernible, and beautiful melodies that are recorded with ringing guitars. It's nice to hear an artist unashamedly craft a collection of fine pop tunes, albeit with thoughtful lyrics. This is the one SF59 album I own (and I own all of them) that I return to again and again.
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The Ghosts of the Future 7" box set gave us a taste of what was coming and the release of the full-length confirmed what we were all thinking, Dial M is the best Starflyer 59 record since Old. While My Island and Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice all had their bright spots, neither of them had me returning to them on a consistent basis. The songwriting is top notch and Jason's voice sounds better than it ever has.
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I have been a Jason Martin fan since Silver and Gold, although I have only bought his more recent stuff sporadically. As one of the other reviewers mentioned, the sound of this album is similar to The Brothers Martin. In fact, some of the songs would fit in just fine there. Most of the songs are upbeat, even when the lyrical content is not. Vocals are very clear and upfront, which is pleasant. There are a lot of keyboard parts, and several of the songs have a considerable amount of electronic sounds. Others have the familiar wavy, surf guitars.

Overall, another solid album with predictable quality from Starflyer 59.
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I didn't enjoy this one as some of the others, but it may just need to grow on me. It is still a good album, just doesn't have the draw as some of the others. Maybe it isn't distinguishable enough from the previous albums. I loved IWIN, so it isn't just because it is new.
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