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Young Professionals

by Stargazer Lily

Stargazer Lily's "Young Professionals" runs love over the coals - from the dreamy, beat-box laden loops of 'Crush' to the brazen guitar blaze of 'Stay True' to the inviting 'Kiss Me' and the heartbreaking 'Nothing Is Useless'.
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1. Young Professionals
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2. Crush
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3. J-Lo Song (All I Need)
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4. Stay True
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5. I Belong
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6. Kiss Me
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7. Home
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8. Defying Gravity
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9. Lovesickened
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10. Nothing Is Useless
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11. Darlin' You Need Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It's a Sunday in October as Hope VanGogh (Stargazer Lily's big white touring van) hums past the strip malls, strip clubs, billboards and long shut-down taverns that make up Northeast Philly's gritty section of I-95 South. Rolling through the final stretch of road between New York City and home, Susan Rosetti (singer/songwriter/guitarist), Steph Hayes (singer/songwriter/guitarist), Scooter (drums), and their tiny entourage are either passed-out or sleepily staring out of the rainy windows waiting for their exit. Jim Miades (bassist and somewhat reluctant late night driver) turns up the radio a little more, hoping for a few final wake-up songs to get him the distance. The satisfaction of a good show played and the anticipation of releasing their new CD, Young Professionals, keeps the mood in the van electric regardless of the fact that it's four o'clock in the morning.

The band formed in 2000 after Rosetti and Hayes were signed to Arista while playing in another Philadelphia band called Cory. They traveled to LA for six weeks to work with industry hit-makers attempting to create the perfect radio gem. "I cried in the bathroom almost every single day," admits Hayes. Needless to say, they walked out of the situation with a renewed sense of identity. "We wanted to write our own radio gems or starve trying!" Hayes remarks. "And we certainly didn't want to be someone's cute little idiots. We wanted to be our own cute little rock n' roll idiots!"

So they decided to move on and put a band together. Recruiting Scooter (who had played drums with Cory for a stint) and adding Miades on bass, Stargazer Lily was complete.

To date the group has toured up and down the east coast. They have played on bills with The Dave Matthews Band, Shawn Mullens, and Michelle Malone. They've participated in numerous festivals including this summer's Appel Farm Festival, and have been selected to play in music conferences such as SXSW, NYC's CMJ, Boston's NEMO and The Philadelphia Music Conference.

So what does Stargazer Lily sound like? Miades puts it like this: "You've heard the saying that the whole is greater than the sum if its parts?" "We all come from different musical backgrounds," adds Scooter, "but all of us enjoy the challenge of creating that perfect blend of verses, bridges and choruses to compliment the song." Susan chimes, "We love being able to be concise, smart, passionate, poignant, sexy, heart wrenching or downright ugly, and doing it all in a three-and-a-half-minute format." "It's like a tiny little audio movie," says Hayes.

Comparisons are tough..."we've gotten the Cranberries, the Neilds, Natalie Merchant, a more poppy Indigo Girls," says Rosetti. "Those are close, but I think we sound like 'us'", says Miades.

Young Professionals, due out November 2004, makes you wonder what the band has gone through since 2002's The Lift and The Drag. The new record, whose working title was Lovesickened, runs love over the coals. From the dreamy, beat-box laden loops of Crush (Rosetti) to the brazen guitar blaze of Stay True (Hayes) to the inviting Kiss Me (Rosetti) and the heartbreaking Nothing Is Useless (Hayes), Young Professionals will take you from the first, blissful stages of love through the final acknowledgement of moving on.

The eleven tracks, seven of which were produced by The Lift and The Drag producer Phil Nicolo (Train, Pete Yorn, and Aerosmith) and four by Barrie Maguire (Natalie Merchant, Amos Lee) took a year to complete. It involved borrowing various studios, stealing a couple of musicians and inventing lots of day-job delaying excuses.

The title track is a tongue-in-cheek anthem to the people who get up and go to work every day -- something Stargazer Lily hopes they won't be doing much longer.

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the boat guy

it just gets better
saw steph and susan at jammin java in vienna, va opening for robbie schaefer. would have worn a hole through the lift and the drag if it was vinyl (not that they remember vinyl), and ordered young professionals as soon as i could. second albums are often a disappointment, but this one is as good or better than the first. hope they come back down this way again soon. something for everyone here. well, maybe not my mother, but... outstanding. worth more than 4 stars....
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the boat guy

it just gets better
saw steph and susan at jammin java in vienna, va opening for robbie schaefer. would have worn a hole through the lift and the drag if it was vinyl (not that they remember vinyl), and ordered young professionals as soon as i could. second albums are often a disappointment, but this one is as good or better than the first. hope they come back down this way again soon. something for everyone here. well, maybe not my mother, but... outstanding. worth more than 4 stars....
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emily

excellent as expected- love it!
fantastic album, they just keep getting better! song writing is clever and cute and musically kind to the ear.... i love this album!
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JohnDSOTM

GREAT stuff
A relatively unknown band that SHOULD be known. As with all their albums, this one is consistently good from beginning to end.

Very original sound, but if I had to compare them to anyone, I'd say a little like Letters to Cleo, but with more balls.

Buy this CD (and their others). You won't be disappointed!
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Kelly

wow!
Absolutely unbelievable....I haven't stopped listening to it since I received it. I've been a big fan of Stargazer for awhile and couldn't wait for the new album to come out, and it was definitely worth the wait. Crush is an amazing song, as is Stay True. The lyrics take everyday, prozaic ideas and turn them into songs that you can't get out of your head. The eidetic quality of all the songs is wonderful as is the fresh, urbane composition. Buy it now! Make it your new addiction.
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only me

Contact the Grammy committee!
This is a mature work from veteran songwriters Steph Hayes and Sue Rossetti. With their gorgeous harmonies, sexual exuberance and good-humored self-effacement, they've come through with an album that zings and soars. The moodier songs on the CD take you in with the darker emotions expressed by the guitar playing and vocals. Those songs are close to the end, and the CD closes with an uplifting "Darling You Need Me."

More danceable and no less fun than their previous CDs, these songs are radio-ready, good-time driving music.
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Woody

Yahtzee
The finest work yet by the fab four from Philadelphia. The title cut, Young Professionals is solid and offers a slightly different edge than previous albums. 'Home' is great and should be an instant classic. I would recommend to people who like The Neils, Josh Choplin and the Indigo Girls.
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haja

Grammy Worthy!!
Tell your friends about them!! An amazing band!!!
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awesome
got young professionals for my girlfriend....liked it so much had to get another copy....way to go on yet another amazing album....
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