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Welcoming Home The Astronauts

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Chances are, most people who've heard of Flickerstick first caught them on VH1's Bands on the Run. After going on a national tour before all of cable-ready America, the Dallas-based quintet beat the other unsigned acts on the music channel's "reality show" contest, sitting pretty with $50,000 in winnings and a deal with Epic Records. Welcoming Home the Astronauts is Flickerstick's double debut, coming out on an indie label in 2000 and getting wider exposure once the major label signed the champions. The album is a pretty generic package of power pop and power ballads (close your eyes on "You're So Hollywood" and you can almost picture some '80s hair-metal act singing the same song, minus the handclaps), with a bit of Brit rock laced in the floaty guitar effects--nothing to give the current crop of mainstream rockers a run for their money. That said, though, the songs are well structured for big guitar pop and well produced, with the help of Tom Lord Alge (Weezer, Blink-182, Marilyn Manson). Astronauts packs stadium-size anthems into every song, and the band's emotions run so high you'll be waving the lighter many times before the slow jam on "Direct Line to the Telepathic" has even started. -- Jennifer Maerz

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lift (with love we will survive)
  2. Got A Feeling
  3. Beautiful
  4. Smile
  5. Coke
  6. Sorry...Wrong Trajectory
  7. Chloroform The One You Love
  8. You're So Hollywood
  9. Talk Show Host
  10. Hey or When The Drugs Wear Off
  11. Direct Line To The Telepathic
  12. Execution By X-mas Lights


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005R5SN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While many people are familiar with flickerstick from VH1's Bands on the Run, their music remains unknown to most people. After listening to this album several times, I have come to the conclusion that there is not a single bad song on it. Filled with classic pop rock songs like Chloroform, Coke, and Beautiful, the cd is very radio friendly. However, with sligtly lengthy and at times pshychadelic tracks such as Direct Line to the Telepathic and Lift, the album ... you in and doesn't let you down for a single second. I live in Oklahoma, and have been fortunate enough to see Flickerstick live. May I just say that Flickerstick is by far one of the best shows I've seen, even compared to acts like Dave Matthews Band. By far one of my favorite cds, you shouldn't do without Flickerstick!
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In a word, this CD and the band are fantastic. I had the recent pleasure of seeing them perform in Cleveland. If not for VH1's Band on the Run series I would have never even had the idea of checking out Flickerstick. Every song on this CD is stellar. Their live show is as passionate and musically rich as one would desire from a band...and more. Every time I listen to the CD, I'm just amazed at how good it really is. Brandin Lea's voice is passionate, Rex Ewing's guitar playing is top notch, and the entire production is worthwhile of a major-label release (which I understand they recently signed to Epic). Hopefully, it will get the recognition it truly deserves. It's unfortunate that the VH1 series never played their songs - or even a large part of the their live show - in their entirety. You will NOT be dissappointed! Give this one a listen and you'll know what I mean...
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Like most new fans of the group, I too got hooked while watching them on the VHI Bands on the Run series. Not only were they the most colorful personalities, but after listening to their CD, I feel they are just as talented as they are dramatic. I can only imagine how good their live show is and can not wait for them to come further North to check them out. Welcoming Home the Astronauts takes the listener on quite a ride from the rocking "Beautiful" and "You're so Hollywood" to the power ballad "Direct Line to the Telepathic," with twists and turns from the likes of "Coke" and "Chloroform the One That You Love." So sit back and enjoy the ride, my friends, and hope it lasts for a while.
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I stumbled upon VH1's Bands on the Run one night while channel surfing, and I am so glad I did. Flickerstick was my favorite from the minute I started watching. Their songs are great! I like the fact that the lead singer can actually sing, and that the guys are so talented. They honestly sound so good as a group. On the CD, I find myself picking out different parts of the song and listening to them, like Cory Krieg's lead guitar. He is awesome...
Some standout songs on this album are Lift (With Love we will survive), Chloroform the one you love, Beautiful, Coke, and Got a Feeling. They are all songs you want to hear on the radio. I can't believe that there are so many bands with recording contracts out there who aren't half as good as Flickerstick. Somebody needs to discover these cuties! I can't wait until they make it big...I can say I was a die-hard fan before they were even discovered. If you can't find this CD, try Flickerstick.com. I saw it advertised there. Ebay is a good source too. Go for Flickerstick...you won't regret it!
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Like a lot of people, I first heard about Flickerstick while hearing about VH1's 'Bands of the Run'. Once they were signed onto a major label, I was estatic. The cd is filled with enough great alternative pop songs, it will make any music fan happy. It is a shame that this talent was not signed earlier. Bradin Lea's lyrics are so heartrending, they almost make you want to choke up, overladen with great melodies. Every member of Flickerstick are terrific musicians. If you do not like Oasis, U2, REM, or any other artist that falls into this category, do not buy this, it's not for you, but if you are a fan of the bands above, pick this release up, you won't be dissapointed
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I became a fan of Flickerstick through the VH1 show "Bands On The Run". You only got to hear a few of their songs on the show so I didn't really know what their music was like. After purchasing the album, I was blown away. The guys of Flickerstick really know how to put out quality music. It is not like some cds that only have a few good songs and then the rest is trash. "Welcoming Home The Astronauts" is filled with amazing songs. After buying the cd I had to see the guys in concert. After that amazing experience, I was hooked. The cd is great but you do not truly appreciate the band's music until you see them live. After speaking with the guys, I realized that they are true musicians that deserve to have a hit record. This cd is great and I would recommend it to everyone!
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I'm new to Flickerstick but I was really impressed with this album. The songs are basically pop-rock but they really have a flare for the dramatic that pays off big with "Lift", "Got a Feeling" and "Direct Path...". If you're tired of the cookie-cutter stuff on the radio and are looking for a good, original band you should try this out. Their second album is also very good.
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