Starflyer 59 - Starflyer 59 Silver: Extended Edition

Published Saturday 18th March 2006
Starflyer 59 - Starflyer 59 Silver: Extended Edition
Starflyer 59 - Starflyer 59 Silver: Extended Edition

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 14194-11038
LABEL: Tooth & Nail TND77495
RELEASE DATE: 2005-09-01
RRP: £1.99

Reviewed by Jonathan Langley

Starflyer 59 is a band that I have always wanted to enjoy more than I actually have. Stalwarts of the Tooth & Nail catalogue from the label's period of struggling underground cool in the '90, Starflyer 59 has always been a quirky, acquired taste (band leader, Jason Martin, is the brother of Joy Electric's Ronnie Martin, so it must run in the family). Starflyer's style of music has been defined as shoegazer, a style that's heavy on "wall of sound" fuzzbox guitar, light on lead, with a dirty, muddy sound including hushed, gentle vocals over the drone of the music. It's a sound that will have many fans of commercial rock crying out for a word with the producer and part of what has made Starflyer a cult band. 'Silver' is a re-release of the first Starflyer album originally issued in 1994. It was really a self-titled album but was dubbed 'Silver' by fans because of its sleeve and features remastered sound and bonus tracks. The album has been re-issued with all the tracks from the EP 'She's The Queen' (almost as long as 'Silver'). The end product is a must for completists and collectors, but also for anyone longing for a break from the ultra-produced sound and single-driven focus of many of today's Christian rock outfits.

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