...And Star Power (LP)


Foxygen

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Amoeba Review

10/13/2014

Foxygen’s new album is a sprawling double-length opus that packs as many great psych-rock melodies and eccentric ideas as will fit onto one album. Foxygen’s songwriters, Sam France and Jonathan Rado, turn their talent and rivalry into something truly strange and special. The album still relishes in turning classic rock on its head, with Bowie-esque loungey pop songs like “How Can You Really” that sound instantly memorable while still remaining idiosyncratic, coy even. There’s a real sweetness to tracks like “Coulda Been My Love” and its Stonesy whispered nothings, while “Cosmic Vibrations” reimagines The Beatles’ “Long, Long, Long” as a languid sungazing weed jam that explodes into a hippie romp. The band’s lyrics cut through the lazy cool with real emotions, asking “if you don’t love me anymore, how come you never say it to my face?” on “You & I” and finishing desperately with “Why doesn’t anybody help me? Why doesn’t anybody care?” From there, the album gets wilder, delving into piano-laden suites with beatnik delivery and Flaming Lips-ish psychedelic breakdowns (“Star Power I-III”). The album becomes like a hall of mirrors in both scope and sound, as songs fade in and out, turning from organ-fueled kraut pop to lo-fi synth ballads and everything in between, mixing Link Wray and Suicide and The Clean and whatever else until it sounds kind of like three mixtapes glued together with weird little melted intros and outros barely holding it together. It goes without saying that this is not an album that was made with the iPhone generation in mind. You miss a bit of their last album’s brevity and ease. But what would a Guided By Voices album be without its odds and ends, for instance? What …And Star Power is, is never boring. Lots of things pass for psychedelia these days, but this is the real deal, an album guided by unbridled thought and passion and dream logic rather than aged constraints.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Star Power Airlines
Foxygen 01:10
2.
How Can You Really
Foxygen 03:33
3.
Coulda Been My Love
Foxygen 03:04
4.
Cosmic Vibrations
Foxygen 05:01
5.
You & I
Foxygen 02:17
6.
Star Power I: Overture
Foxygen 01:40
7.
Star Power II: Star Power Nite
Foxygen 02:13
8.
Star Power III: What Are We Good For
Foxygen 03:19
9.
Star Power IV: Ooh Ooh
Foxygen 01:50
10.
I Don't Have Anything / The Gate
Foxygen 04:35
11.
Mattress Warehouse
Foxygen 04:26
12.
666
Foxygen 02:05
13.
Flowers
Foxygen 03:11
14.
Wally's Farm
Foxygen 01:58
15.
Cannibal Holocaust
Foxygen 03:47
16.
Hot Summer
Foxygen 01:48
17.
Cold Winter/Freedom
Foxygen 06:13
18.
Can't Contextualize My Mind
Foxygen 03:53
19.
Brooklyn Police Station
Foxygen 04:21
20.
The Game
Foxygen 02:20
21.
Freedom II
Foxygen 03:52
22.
Talk
Foxygen 04:06
23.
Everyone Needs Love
Foxygen 06:47
24.
Hang
Foxygen 04:06

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