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These Stars Are For You

by Saving Graces

Fantastic power pop / modern rock CD EP from North Carolina
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. song for anyone else
3:08 $0.99
2. girl automatic
3:45 $0.99
3. sad golden waves goodbye
3:24 $0.99
4. idiot proof
2:29 $0.99
5. the things that make you strange
3:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
"These Stars Are For You is one of the best introductory EPs since R.E.M.'s Chronic Town a couple of decades back" - Ken King,

Led by singer/songwriter Michael Slawter, and featuring bassist Drew Jenkins and drummer John Holoman, this Winston-Salem, N.C.-based combo has earned comparisons to Cheap Trick and The Raspberries by writing brainy and shimmering power-pop.

With the release of their debut EP, "These Stars Are For You," the rest of the world will finally figure out what the rest of the Piedmont Triad has known for months: This is one serious band. Over five songs, The Saving Graces effortlessly blend 60s-vintage Britpop ("The Things that Make You Strange"), bouncy New Wave-style rock ("Idiot Proof") and gorgeous balladry ("Sad Golden Waves Goodbye.").

"Girl Automatic" has enough hooks to snare a creel of fish, with Who-ish power chords played against a voice plangent in both of the word's meanings: loud, resounding and suggestive of sadness. "Idiot Proof" displays a fine folkish melody, sing-along chorus, pristine acoustic guitar accompaniment. "The Things That Make You Strange" uses an insistent guitar riff, reminiscent of the Fab Four's "Day Tripper," that complements vocalist Michael Slawter's urgent delivery on the things in life that do, indeed, make one strange. "Sad Golden Goodbye" manages that greatest of pop-rock tricks: a sad sound that does not sound smarmy, sappy, or contrived. The sincerity of the lyric is supported by an appropriately melancholy melody, but with enough pop savvy to make it go down like ice tea on a hot summer day.

Bassist Drew Jenkins and drummer John Holoman complement Michael Slawter's various musical visions with a rhythmic foundation that sounds well-rehearsed yet fresh, suggesting a growing and evolving band at work



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