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Turn Off the Stars

Turn Off the Stars

(Credential; US: 15 Aug 2006; UK: Unavailable)

Review [24.Jan.2007]

Thank you for existing, Turn Off the Stars.  In a wash of generic watered-down Keane and Coldplay knockoffs (which themselves were watered-down Radiohead knockoffs), here’s a band that doesn’t do a single thing innovative, but just understands the mastery of dynamics.  The chords sound the same, but it’s the way they’re played that makes them familiar and different at the same time.  “Please” is the immediate standout—a shimmering, aggressive rocker so good you’d swear it came across the pond (and not from Toronto).  Singer Mike Walker isn’t great, but he’s still pretty good, even with his occasional Chris Martin-isms in his inflections.  “Usual to Me” begins branching out a wee-bit stylistically, and the ballads (“Brightside” and “Getaway”) are top-notch, simply because actual emotion is put into them.  The rest of the album sounds very similar to a lot of what’s out there, but they got a little extra kick going for them.  It may not be spectacular now, but they could grow to become something almighty altogether.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and multiple national newspapers. Evan has been a guest on WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry, and many others. He is a current member of The Recording Academy and resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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