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Built On Squares [Import]

Starlight Mints Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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1. Black Cat
2. Brass Digger
3. Goldstar
4. Pages
5. Buena Vista
6. Irene
7. Rinky Dinky
8. Zillion Eyes
9. Jack In The Squares
10. San Diego
11. Jimmy Cricket

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Starlight Mints ~ Built On Squares

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5.0 out of 5 stars New and Improved Music Dec 8 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I hardly know where to begin on this review. My 18-year old daughter brought home the cd after hearing them in concert as an opening act for the Flaming Lips. I was immediately taken with it and them and found myself compelled to play it over and over. Partly because it was so good and partly because I couldn't get over how innovative and different it was. "Built On Squares" has made it difficult to go back to straight pop songs with straight lyrics, for I am inexplicably drawn to their quirky and contagious sounds.
I will have to go out and buy my own copy because I am tired of waiting my turn to borrow hers. And I am going to have to buy several copies because I keep thinking of friends who would love this but might not hear about it through their regular sources. I am even sending one to a friend in France. We have the advantage of having them be from our area, although that doesn't mean they play here often. I'd not even heard of them until recently. And now I can't get them out of my head.
I don't know the names of all the songs to write in much detail, but "Pages" is one of my favorites. I always have to get up and move when it comes on. Now I have to go out and buy their first cd and I look forward to seeing what else they come up with. A great band, with an outstanding cd and a potentially phenomenal future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good...and different Dec 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
This albums is not for everyone. It's certainly not very straightforward. It's got a mix of skittish beats, electronic blips, and acoustic rock. Refreshing, and very catchy after a few listens. Highlights are "Irene," "Goldstar," "Zillion Eyes," and "Brass Digger." You really won't find too many artists out there that are similar to the Starlight Mints. But make no mistake, the music is great. If you're looking for an artist to compare it to, I'd say the Mints are most similar to Beck circa '96, without the hip-hop influence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars for the happy quirkster! Nov. 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
i'm so happy i discovered the starlight mints. i bought their cd on a whim and it's been in my stereo ever since. from the shuffling swing-crunch beat of 'black cat'to the funkily weird 'irene' and the harmonica catchy-Brass Digger, it's got something for everyone. zillion eyes is a pretty song, too.
only disappointments are 'san diego' & 'buena vista.' for some reason i can't get into them.
i like how they incorporate strange melodies, lots of cellos, violins and weird keyboard effects as well as an odd blend of funk, pop, rock, electronica, swing and jazz music. it's odd but it works. i think i will now go and buy their other album as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth It Oct. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
I saw this band open for the Polyphonic Spree in Dallas and was blown away with how much I enjoyed this band. They have a fresh sound deviating from the routine four beats per measure of other pop artists. They play with texture, vocals, and lyrics resulting in a fresh style. It's hard to say who else they sound like. If you like Beck's Odelay for the lyrics, Lamb's Fear of Fours for the various tempos and beats, Simian's sound textures, The Apple's In Stereo's optimism, I think you'll really enjoy this album. Listen for the details that bring the album from the studio to your imagination, such as the clapping hands at the end of Black Cat and the bowling alley crash at the end of Buena Vista. My favorite songs are 1, 3 and 5 but there isn't one song I feel compelled to skip while listening. My only complaint so far- I hadn't heard of them sooner!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It Works 4 Me Oct. 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
Bowie Meets The Talking Heads And 4 A Little Spice Throw Some Better Than Ezra In The Mix
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me? Oct. 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the greatest thing since Pavement, The Pixies, Tom Waits, and Joe Henry. Buy this CD immediately. It's cinematic. It's the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist. It's incredible music that just keeps getting better with every listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, definately grows on you Oct. 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
I loved the mints first album.
I waited and waited to see them live- I bought this at their show that opened the new tour. First listen, it just didn't seem to live up to the first album.
I was a bit disapointed, but with it in the car cd player for a bit it just kept growing on me and leaving the quirky, poppy songs in my head.
If you liked the first album, definately check this one out as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars really wanted to like it Sept. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was blown away by the Mints when I saw them opening for Apples in Stereo a few years back. At the show, I bought The Dream That Stuff Was Made Of and listened to it probably 100 times. It's an exceptional album - my only complaint is that it was too short. And they were a much better live band than the Apples.
So Built on Squares comes out just as I had forgotten about the Mints. I listened to the samples on Amazon.com, and much to my surprise, I wasn't impressed enough to pay for the album. Then they come to San Diego to play (this time as the headliners) and so I go. They sounded good, but there's been some personnel changes. And I'm just not getting into the new songs. The songs from the first album still sound great live, though, so it's not like the band isn't up to snuff anymore. Maybe they're just in a songwriting slump.
But I buy Built on Squares at the show, still hoping that it'll grow on me after a few spins at home. Unfortunately, it hasn't. There are a few flashes of brilliance (Brass Digger, Buena Vista), but mostly the songwriting sound forced. The abrupt changes that sounded so inspired on the first album don't work as well here; they usually interrupt the flow of the songs in a distracting and annoying way.
And then there's a song called "San Diego". Of course, I really wanted to like this one. It turns out to be the weakest track on the album. Bummer.
But that's just my opinion.
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