Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Starlight Mints

  • Dream That Stuff Was Made Of [SeeThru Broadcasting, 2000] B+
  • Built on Squares [PIAS America, 2003] *

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Dream That Stuff Was Made Of [SeeThru Broadcasting, 2000]
Not only does Allan Vest sing in a Brit-pseud whine that crosses Sparks with the guy in Rain Parade, his lyrics are as arch as he is and his cello-violin duo does "Eleanor Rigby" homages. Red-blooded rock and rollers will grab the barf bag. But if those whose immune systems can always use a little toning hang in there, they'll soon notice, not without some healthy unease, that melodically, harmonically, and even rhythmically this Oklahoman gets ya every track. Except the slow ones. B+

Built on Squares [PIAS America, 2003]
more confident and relaxed in their Sgt. Pepper retro, which naturally loosens its grip ("Goldstar," "San Diego") *