Amid the craziness that is the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, I took the time to review a promising album from my good friends at Ardent Studios. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Star & Micey, the quartet of Joshua Cosby (rhythm guitar, lead vocals), Geoff Smith (bass, vocals), Nick Redmond (lead guitar) and Doug Walker (keys) released their self-titled debut album on Ardent Records. The album blends a heavy dose of indie folk with a splash of pop and a sprinkle of funk to create an enjoyable, easy-listening album; Cosby's vocals resemble that of a Jason Mraz and the album would sit comfortably on a college radio playlist.
Most of the half-hour long album revolves around a very melodic, easy going sound; the lyrics focus mostly on the ups and downs of love and reminisced memories. "So Much Pain", with its catchy guitars and "Nelson", with its side of bluegrass are two tracks that stick out to me, but in my own opinion, the band takes a leap and strikes gold on the track "On Your Own". Complete with a piano intro and string ensemble, the sound is so full and is accompanied by some pretty great lyrics; it's good from start to finish. The album also includes special guest appearances by Jody Stephens (Big Star), Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, The Black Crowes), and Rick Steff (Lucero, Cat Power). Though they have been a mainstay in the Memphis area, it seems these blooming artists will make a following across the US with this release; make sure to catch them on their upcoming tour starting on November 6. Please visit their website and Myspace for news updates and all tour date information.
You can download three free tracks from the album here, courtesy of Star & Micey and Ardent Music.
Star & Micey's Self-Titled Debut Album, Ardent Records Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 2:47:00 AM Rating: