urmymuse reviews “Crystal Tears and the Dream Nebula”

Sometimes, the only way for us small-time amateur musicians to be heard is to be shameless in promoting our music 🙂

Since my online music acquaintance professed to like our earlier work, I sent along the link to our third album. This was what urmymuse so generously wrote (dated 1 Feb, 2010):

Album cover preview: "Crystal Tears and the Dream Nebulae"

Speaking of Starfish Stories thank you very much for pointing me in the direction of your and Adrian’s new album “Crystal Tears and the Dream Nebula“. I have given it several listens and am very impressed.

The overall feel of the work is optimistic and joyful. The composition is imaginative, each track develops and flows beautifully. The Starfish Stories signature sound is a guitar driven odyssey of wonder. It is almost as though the listener passes through a series of spaces in each track to experience new marvels each time.

The guitar work and production are excellent through out.

Particular highlights for me are

The whole of the title track … I think you have made some good improvements since the earlier version you sent me. Particularly the additions to the intro.
The development of “we wonder” and the big string swell that comes in towards the final third.
The development of “new beginnings” .. very optimistic and uplifting
The slightly heavier feel of “stroke of midnight” (which builds to clock tower sounds which is fun)
The excellent “goodnight not goodbye” My Vanilla World’s vocal is beautiful and the production works very well

You and Adrian should be very proud of what you have achieved here. Am looking forward to your next album.

“Crystal Tears and the Dream Nebula” can be downloaded at bandcamp.com. Voluntary donation is always welcome. A review (good or bad) in lieu of payment will also very much appreciated.

~ Ivan

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