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Crushed Stars

Farewell Young Lovers

(Simulacra; US: 21 Jan 2014; UK: 21 Jan 2014)

Album number seven under the Crushed Stars banner sees Dallas-based Todd Gautreau branching out a bit. A drummer is employed full-time to complement Gautreau’s plaintive guitars and deep, rich crooning. The result is that “Flowerbomb” sounds just like New Order, and the relatively noisy “Haters” skirts Jesus & Mary Chain territory. These tracks work better than the forced electronic elements of “Our Interest in Claire” or “Poppies”. Still, Gautreau really stands out when he’s doing melancholy, thoughtful dreampop, as on the gorgeous “This Happens Every Time”. Most definitely, this is the soundtrack to those idyllic, sunlit young lovers on the cover.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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