Format: Compact Disc
Released Date: October 8, 2002
Number of Discs: 1
Label Name: Tooth & Nail
2.West Coast Friendship
3.Happy Birthday John
4.Give Up the War - (Stereo Mix)
5.Theme From Dromedary
Starflyer 59: Jason Martin (vocals, guitar); J. Cloud (bass); J.
Personnel: J.D. Martin (vocals, guitar); Andrew D. Prickett (slide
Audio Mixer: Andrew D. Prickett.
Good old Starflyer 59: prolific as ever, poppy as ever, and quite
nearly perfect as ever. This is true pop/rock in the traditional
sense: the type of tunes where after listening, one might say, "Now
that was a song!" This is constructed to be simple and plain. There
aren't any frills -- just good songwriting, repetitively catchy
choruses, and those oh-so-sexy vocals that only a Martin (he's got
a brother who's not half bad at the pop writing thing, either) can
produce. Amazingly, two of the best songs of the five located
herein aren't even Starflyer's. "West Coast Friendship" is a Bon
Voyage (Martin's side project with his wife, Julie, handling vocal
duties) tune and "Happy Birthday John" can be credited to Damien
Jurado. The slide guitar on the latter tune, combined with the
uniquely simple highs, makes a genuinely fine piece of pop
craftsmanship. Most definitely it's the standout track on the EP.
The album rounds out with the instrumental "Theme From Dromedary,"
which harks back to earlier Starflyer 59 material (think Gold or
Americana) with its dark hollowness flowing into a foreboding time
structure set up by the eerily simple guitar tone. With perfect
skill that at this point in the band's career just seems
effortless, each album is becoming more and more shameful. Yeah,
it's a shame that these guys aren't bigger than they are. ~ Kurt