If you like Unicorns or Sleeping In The Aviary you'll
probably enjoy The Perfect Vessels' Name Our Own Stars.
Chock full of quirky upbeat indie rock tunes, these guys are sure
to get your head bobbing and toes tapping.
Though the vocals aren't very strong at times (the members trade
off lead singing, so it changes), the band makes up for it in instrumentation
and flat out enthusiasm. I really enjoyed the sprinklings of exciting
guitar solos, like on "Under The Starlight," "Let Me
Breath," and "Turned Around," that demonstrate the
band has skills. The rhythm section is also very strong - too often
they're forgotten in these reviews. The other major strong point of
the album is its sheer variety. With fifteen songs, Vessels cover
an array of tempos and tones while still playing into the album's
overall celestial motif.
Favorite tracks include "Shade Tree Astronomy," "Sun
Never Goes" and "Shine," which has kind of a Band
Of Horses feel to it. At first I wasn't thrilled by the album,
but upon repeated listenings it continues to grow on me. I find that
often when you're in love with songs immediately, you get bored quickly.
...Stars has a great deal of depth, so repeated exposures help
process all the layers. Vessels also seems like the kind of high-energy
act that would be a blast to see live. Overall, ...Stars satisfies.
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