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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Ronald Battista
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2003 by Daniel Simpson
After seeing the Starlight Mints open for the Toadies in 2001 I knew I had to get the album after their stellar performance. Read morePublished on May 27 2003 by Daniel Johnson
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2003 by M. E. Smith
I am a huge fan of indie music, so when I heard Starlight Mints, I ran out to get "The Dream That Stuff Was Made Of. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2002 by Josh Prince
Fun, fun, fun and then some. From beggining to end this album stands out of the crowd. Gracious melodies, stick-to-your-brain hooks and cryptic yet fun lyrics. Read morePublished on June 20 2002 by Enrique Figueroa
Wow. This is it for me. I listen and love all kinds
of music from the Beasties to Radiohead to the latest
Indie and this would have to be my pick of the month. Read more
This is one of the best cds i have listened to in a while. I recommend listening to it at least 2 or 3 times before judging it, because the songs are kind of similar, but once... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2001 by Margaret
Haha...My 4th grade teachers daughter and her husband are i this band...It is awesome...sort of a mixture on the Beatles and something else... Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2001