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The Chinese Stars

The Chinese Stars: A Rare SensationA Rare Sensation (2004)
Three One G Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

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Chinese Stars' frontman Eric Paul's high-register, sometimes-disinterested/sometimes-pleading vocals recall those of Christian Death's premier frontman Rozz Williams (singer in EARLY Christian Death ‚?? when they were actually GOOD, R.I.P., Rozz‚?¶) ‚?? but no traces of Christian Death's undeniably theatrical "death rock" here, friends, just some intoxicating noise rock from this Rhode Island quartet, which includes two ex-members of Arab on Radar (Paul, drummer Craig Kureck) and one from Six Finger Satellite (bassist Rick Pelletier).

Much of the nine-track record ‚?? 'A Rare Sensation' marks the band's second release, the first being last year's 'Turbo Mattress' on Skin Graft ‚?? is comprised of atonal riffs that, repeated ad nauseam, really could get on some people's nerves, methinks (especially the piercing guitars that encapsulate "(Love) and the Electric Chair", "Dressed to Get Blessed", "Cheap City Halo", et al), pounding, groove-filled, Gang of Four-like bass, and sometimes-nervous drumming. The band have pledged themselves to a noble cause, too: "terrorizing parents, authority figures, and the psyche of the free world."

In any case, on the ever-important lyrical front, Paul's compositions are rather befuddling, at times seemingly bordering on nonsense. It is possible to eke some meaning out, though, but a few lines of course probably only hold significance to the songwriter, if even that! Take, for instance, this line from the final track, "Getting the Death Card": "I love the way she sends my teeth home to her parents". Uh, okay. (Well, the band's bio DOES say that primarily "mental illness" is his "guiding light"...) However, the somewhat peculiar lyrics complement the chaotic, creative, experimental noise provided by the musicians wonderfully. Overall, mighty fine record.


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Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

Nothing's as great as Fred Durst's LiveJournal. That shit is a fucking comedic goldmine.

On a side-note, anybody heard William Shatner's version of Pulp's 'Common People'. It sounds like Kirk doing Blink 182...some weird stuff.

Katie4213 (July 28, 2004)

R.I.P. Arab on Radar.
i have the e.p. but have not picked this album up yet. the e.p. was pretty good.

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

Never heard the EP but like this CD.

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Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

Rory Phillips, aka pretentious peice of shit that produced the recover album, aka moron in the impossibles that to this day talks shit about the only good thing he was a part of, aka fucktard that owns a fucking livejournal at age 30 and posts on it about how he's "in line to produce the next armor for sleep album..yay!", wanted to name his new band, and sequal to slowreader, chinese stars. I'm just glad this band, no matter how stupid they seem took the name from such a fucking asshole.

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

i saw them live and they were repetitive. so so so repetitive.

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

I like this alot better than their EP. its super dancy, which I like. The problem is there isnt that much variety in the songs, but its a pretty short cd anyways.

mykindofmurder (July 27, 2004)

fuck this album.

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

Rozz actually sang in negative trend for a while as well......in the early recordings. Damn, I gotta review negative trend.

yellowtrash (July 27, 2004)

Wow...someone on here actually likes this band.

I haven't listened to this, but I thought the EP was OK. This band is great live, but is nothing like their former Arab On Radar or even Six Finger Sattellite.

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