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Starlight Mints Audio CD
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Buena vista... April 20 2004
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Its not perfect, but Dec 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
the songs that are good are so good that it doesnt matter.This deserves five stars even if they recorded Captain Beefheart taking a dump. The Mints write nonsensical, outrageously fun pop tunes that stick like a burr on the pant leg. This is what music is about-FUN, and fortunately for Oklahomans the Mints have not forgotten this, whereas the Flaming Lips have. If you liked The Pixies alot, their ghost is resurrected, force-fed corn syrup, and made to sing with Syd Barrett with Queen playing melody. Best buy Ive made in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My current favorite CD Oct. 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
I picked up this CD on a random Amazon recommendation, and it quickly grew to be my favorite CD. Every time I take it out of my CD player, it finds its way back in. These guys sound so great, every song on here is a winner. In particular, I enjoyed Sir Prize, Crackerjack and Margarita.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect May 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
After seeing the Starlight Mints open for the Toadies in 2001 I knew I had to get the album after their stellar performance. Often times, however, I see a band play live and their album does not do the performance justice and I end up hating it.
Such was not the case with the Mints. The album was splendid from, beginning to end.
This is one of those rare albums that is an excellent listen from beginning to end. I won't compare the Mints to another band. To me, they are unique.
It's post-pop-rock with a latin flavor sprinkled in the mix here and there.
You want a perfect album? Purchase this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars incorrect information... Feb. 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
i very much like the starlight mints... however, i ordered this album expecting to get the version described in the 'album description' under 'editorial reviews.' i was disappointed when my order arrived.
this is NOT the two disc version with the bonus tracks and video.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait until they are back at the opolis Jan. 24 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Genius! Nov. 21 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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