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Chinese Stars
A Rare Sensation
Three One G Records

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Chinese Stars are all about reinventing themselves and their music. In a world of post-punk and danceable experimental rock, which seem to be the flavor of the day, these guys offer a few twists to similar sounds.

The nine tracks that make up this album may as well be one continuous 30 minute song. Each up-tempo, high hat-riding song sounds exactly like the one before it. Some may have a few more technical elements added to them, but overall, once you hear track one, you know exactly what to expect from each song. There are no surprises, and therefore no real gems.

Not to say the one sound of the album is bad, but when each song is the same, the album gets boring. What if you were to eat only stuffing at Thanksgiving? Sure, stuffing is good at first, but it needs other foods to accentuate its tastiness. What we have here is an album of stuffing. Tasty stuffing that gets bland after a few minutes.

The harmonies are pretty unique, which is enjoyable. I will compare them to a nice cranberry sauce. I was shocked to find out the lead singer wasn't a girl. He sounds like John Lydon with a helium tank, singing with Debbie and Daphne D from the New York underground dirty rap group, Avenue D - Not annoying enough to bother you, but unique enough to stand out.

Another plus for this band is the reason behind the name. If you check their website (www.thechinesestars.com), you can read about the "Chinese star epidemic" of the early 80's, which found legions of grade school kids armed with the weapons of ninjas. Very clever. Now if they would only take that kind of thinking and add it to their song structures, they'd be on to something.

I'm hoping the next re-invention will be stronger, because this one nine-track song is enjoyable.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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