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Turn Off The Stars
Turn Off The Stars
Credential Recordings
www.turnoffthestars.com


If you were one of the many loyal fans that were a bit put off by the blandness of Coldplay's X And Y record, then I have some great news for you. Forget all about Coldplay. Instead, try yourself on a set of songs from Turn Off The Stars. This brightly Brit-poppy band sounds like they've come from the same stomping grounds as Chris Martin and Co. but have a depth to their debut eponymous release that was lacking on the latest Coldplay record.

All of the songs on Turn Off The Stars have a depth and ambiance that transcends most of the Britpop that has been released over the past two years. The songs have a haunting melancholy that is broodingly reminiscent of A Rush Of Blood To The Head's finer moments. TOTS has an emotional commitment to their music that draws easy comparison to the masters of modern anthemic Britpop, Embrace, their songs carrying a dynamic presence and enthralling quality. Lead vocalist Michael Walker slips easily in and out of a keen falsetto that will give most casual listeners the impression that he is merely lifting from Chris Martin, but there is a sincerity and depth to his voice that Martin most times lacks.

Turn Off The Stars' debut record is an amazing eleven tracks of modern Britpop influenced music. The songs are catchy and densely layered with well-produced and brilliantly arranged sounds and structures. Selling this band as the new Coldplay does nothing but sell them short of their own ability. TOTS eclipses that oversimplified comparison by leaps and bounds. My only complaint is that there aren't more songs.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
1. I Wasn't Ready
2. Please
3. Falling Into You
4. Hours & Days
5. 30 Days
6. Getaway
7. Nowhere Skies
8. Lately
9. Usual To Me
10. If Only
11. Brightside


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