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Dream That Stuff Was Made Of Import

4.2 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 22 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00004WFJC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
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1. Submarine #3
2. The Bandit
3. Sir Prize
4. Blinded By You
5. Valerie Flames
6. Sugar Blaster
7. Cracker Jack
8. Matador
9. The Twilight Showdown
10. Margarita
11. Pulling Out My Hair

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
There must be something in the water in Oklahoma. Indie-pop band Starlight Mints is often compared to their fellow Oklahomans the Flaming Lips, with the same sort of off-kilter vocals and deliciously strange lyrics. They're not quite up to the Lips' level, but they are wonderful at solid psychedelic pop.
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.
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Really a fun cd. I kind of overlooked the starlight mints for a while, and I regret doing so.
I can see the built to spill comparison made by another reviewer, but I really think that the starlight mints are a little more original and quirky.
Which means this will be one of the most fun albums you will hear in a while. It isn't something you will listen to all the time over and over for weeks, but the songs will get stuck in your head. Plus, it is definately something you will pull out after not listening to it for a while and have fun with all over again.
I know the claim of a pixies influence gets thrown around a lot, but that isn't really super acurate either. If the toadies claim half the pixies as influence the starlight mints would claim the other half.
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.
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I'm not kidding with the 5 stars. This deserves to be a classic. At first you think... hmm, Bowie meets Flaming Lips... no, Pixies meets T.Rex... no, The Beatles playing twister with Led Zeppelin in Pavement's rec room !... no... Finally it dawns on you that this sound is ACTUALLY ORIGINAL and every song is distinct and catchy as hell and reveals more upon each listen and THIS IS A CLASSIC!
They might be one of those bands that ends up only making 1 or 2 incredible records (My Bloody Valentine, Slint, Zombies, Neutral Milk Hotel?) and then implode, but my money is on these guys to have a MAJOR career. Even if they never release another song I'll be pretty damn delighted just having this record to listen to over & over again.
The best thing about it? It strikes that beautiful balance where if you listen to it at low volume it seems light and poppy, but if you crank it up loud it REALLY ROCKS HARD (the Strokes' "Is This It?" has this effect as well). Beautiful, inventive, layered production (the use of strings rivals "eleanor rigby", "cosmic dancer" AND Camper Van Beethoven's "Key Lime Pie"!) that stops short of being cluttered or muddy and still has SPACE.
Okay, okay... You still want a "meets" review? Try this: Your Inner Child meets Outer Space and has the time of it's life.
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Pop? Sure. Rock? Yup.. Fantastic Avant-Post-Pop-Post-Rock? You Betcha!!! You just HAVE to hear this. There's lots of bands forging insincere blends of every genre in the book, but these folks do it right, and you can hear the sincerity in every note; Not to mention the obvious fun they're having doing it.
I honestly can't think of another group to compare with the Mints, but Mercury Rev could be the safest place to start. Both groups favor unusual instrumentation, deranged song structures and obscure lyrics. Any attempt by other bands to cover the music of either of these groups would inevitbly fail miserably. Both bands have consistently amazing production values in every piece of music they record.
Although this is the debut cd of the Starlight Mints, there's no sign of uncertainty or lack of purpose anywhere on it. Quite the contrary. These folks sound like they've been playing together for decades, and they sound like they really love it. You will too!
My favorites are Submarine, The Bandit, Sir Prize, Margarita and Pulling Out My Hair, but don't stop there. The rest are just as grand, fun and twisted.
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