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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • ASIN: B000H5TUSQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Starflyer have perfected their sound and on "My Island" they created the album that best represents their new sound. Early releases like "Silver" and "Gold", Starflyer 59 was into a wall of guitar sound like many shoegaze bands of the early nineties. What makes SF59 different is that they kept their pop sensibility with all the guitars, and this pattern continued until they released "Fashion Focus" in 1998. This release marked a new shift in sound for the band and it has been the same ever since with the exception of 2004's "I am the Portuguese Blues", a bluesy affair patched together from left over songs of 1997's "Americana" (their best album). Well, basically if you have liked SF59's latest albums like "Old" 2003, "Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice" 2005, you will dig "My "Island". Jason Martin's vocals are still hushed as always but the production on this album seems top notch. "Nice Guy", "My Island", "I Win" are all killer. This sounds like a combnination of New Order with guitar from the likes of Johnny Marr. We often forget how good SF59 is, until they come out with a new album every year that is amazing. No other band has released so many good albums one after another, I mean almost every year. 1993 "Silver" 1994 "She's the Queen" 1995 "Gold" "Americana" 1997 "Fashion Focus" 1998 "Everybody Makes Mistakes" 1999 "Leave Here a Stranger" 2001 "Old" 2003 "I am the Portuguese Blues" 2004 "TVvsSV" 2005, and now "My Island". Thanks SF59, you guys are amazing and keep doing what you do!
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I've been listening Jason Martin's words & music since Gold, having found that gem in the midst of the tumult that was High School. Seriously now, what Starflyer 59 fan of any credibility (male or female) doesn't have a story about how "Messed Up Over You" put words to their adolescent, love-struck angst? Therefore, ever since then, I have staunchly and fervently defended Starflyer 59's work, even as the line-up was regularly shuffled, Martin adjusted his inspiration, and morphed his sound, changes that often left older fans behind, while acquiring new ones along the way. It's been a long road for Martin & his collaborators. Nevertheless, Leave Here A Stranger still ranks as one of my Top Ten Desert Island Albums of All Time - the album's austere beauty stands up as a rarity amongst the unrelenting flood of feedback loops that typically defines shoegazing indie rock.

However, with the seemingly perpetual transformations that Starflyer 59 has gone through in the past decade (from Fashion Focus up to & including My Island), liking these guys has become almost frustrating, up to the point that I have simply ceased to have any expectations of what a new album might sound like. It's hard to admit this, as a long-term fan of this band, but I'm not even sure if I can even anticipate anything anymore. Thus, while it is remarkable that Martin can still regularly craft above-average indie-pop songs while constantly shifting the form & tone of the music, I find myself wishing that he would find a style and stick to it (at least for 2 or 3 records). The prodigious quantity of music that Martin & Co. record, produce, and distribute is a testament to how much this band is driven by the love of music and the love of making music.
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This band is long overdue for some real promotion and publicity that Tooth and Nail doesn't seem to give to them. This is unfortunate, because "My Island" is probably the most accessible album Starflyer has delivered - this upbeat and amazingly pop-oriented album is literally chock full of songs that hold their own and will stick with you for weeks. If you're a new fan or a starflyer evangelist - hide "Gold" and "Silver" until you've gotten hooked to "My Island" "TV vs SV" and "Old." Buy this album.
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Just a joy. More variety than we're used too and nice crisp/warm production. Best track is probably "Mic The Mic". There are no weak tracks. Very unique. Do you gather that I like it? This used to be a 3 chord heavy rock shoegazer band that has transformed into a modern day Cars with a much darker edge. Its pop without the happy sheen. No excess here.

I think they sleep across the room from The Cure. No bed sharing mind you...just the room.
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