- Audio CD (Aug. 22 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Philips
- ASIN: B00004WFJC
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
|1. Submarine #3|
|2. The Bandit|
|3. Sir Prize|
|4. Blinded By You|
|5. Valerie Flames|
|6. Sugar Blaster|
|7. Cracker Jack|
|9. The Twilight Showdown|
|11. Pulling Out My Hair|
A smooth violin solo builds up to solid percussion blast and a sort of twangy blast... and that's just "Submarine #3," the likably weird opener of the album. Following it is a stream of string/acoustic pop ("Sir Prize," "Valerie Flames"), reverb rock ("Sugar Blaster") and surreal ballads ("Cracker Jack").
The Mints are plenty of fun, with their strange pop tunes and nonsensical lyrics. At times it sounds like the Mints were shooting for a more exotic sound than they got, and that their music couldn't quite catch up with their ambitions. Regardless, it's hard to find indie pop that is much more likable and innocent than this. They sort of sparkle.
The sound of the Starlight Mints is pretty textured, with acoustic guitars, flutes, trumpets, drums and plenty of very creatively-used violins. Somehow all these are woven together, giving a feeling of orchestral richness rather than clutter. And a few of the sounds don't sound like anything at all: for example, a ringing, reverberating twang on "Submarine #3" that defies classification.
Allan Vest's vocals are slightly thin and yowling, in the tradition of Jeff Mangum and Wayne Coyne. And the songwriting is perhaps the best part.Read more ›
The Starlight Mints may take some getting used to, after all, not every rock band has a violin in it, or deliberately plays discordant melodies, but I believe they are worth it.
if you don't care about the extra tracks and video, go ahead and order it. it's a good album. 4.5 stars, well worth $12.
but if you are interested in the bonuses, as i was, then look elsewhere.
Great CD, listen to the samples. If you enjoy them, you will love the CD. get it. get it soon. and if you are any where near norman come see the starlight mints when they start playing here again.
and, if you think the samples are too silly or inane, then don't get the album.
It's not in the indie mold other reviewers claim it is stuck in. More fun than built to spill
better than beulah
quirkier than guided by voices.