The album gets underway with a track, "Melted Rainbow", that demonstrates the contrast that runs throughout. The arrangement is very mechanical in rhythm and drive, while the vocals add a cherub-like air to the whole.
The bouncy fuzz (think dryer lint) of "Star Stealers" creates a charming warmth. You feel almost shooed along by the scurrying "Rise & Shine", which also boasts a vocal refrain that seems intent on imitating a kazoo. The most ear-pleasing melody comes courtesy of the quirky "Hangunder".
"Light" is the most successful of a series of spacey, laid back soothing tracks, most of which end up stepping into the realm of so-ethereal-they're-dull.
As the album nears it's finish, the vocals become more and more Karen O-ish. It culminates with "Follow", a song that makes every effort to be epic.
The Heart of a Dark Star is not an every day record. It does, however, include some nice aural combinations that will have you thinking of the possibilities.
Best tracks: "Melted Rainbow", "Star Stealers"
Track listing for The Heart of a Dark Star:
- Melted Rainbow
- Dark Star
- Rise & Shine
- Folk Lonely
- Star Stealers
- No Place Like Home
- The Sea