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The Dead Stars on Hollywood
Anthems for the Friendly-Fire Generation (Apocalypstick, UK)

By: Jett Black

This "Limited LetterBoxed edition" cd opens with a "Twenty-First Century Love Song" entitled "Prozavc". And it carries a campy style reminescent of Love and Rockets, and sort of that Hollywood modern b-movie chorus line cheesiness. The guitars are groovy. Use a good stereo. This album needs a good sound system to open up all the layers and grooves. I'm looking forward to catching the LIVE performance of the Dead Stars on Hollywood at this year's Queen of Halloween Ball at Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. I never saw Love and Rockets live. But i have a couple of albums and I get the impression that Dead Stars on Hollywood might be just the ticket I need this Halloween. Every track on this album is optimised for use in film productions. That's what these cats are all about, hell-bent on Hollywood stardom through music and celluloid. "Flaunt It Like This" and "Bang Bang Love" seem to pave the way for the Dead Stars, and while "Planet Girl" is suitable for sickly sweet flattery for any awestruck chick, I don't go for the girl-worship head trips. Overall, though, this a very promising new release, and Portlanders at the Roseland, Oct 26th may be starstruck before the night is over.
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