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Unread 09-07-2005, 06:39 PM   #1
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Starflyer 59 - Talking Voice Vs. Singing Voice

1. The Contest Completed
2. Easy Street
3. Good Sons
4. A Lists Go On
5. Night Life
6. A Good Living
7. Softness, Goodness
8. Something Evil
9. The Longest Line

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Unread 10-14-2005, 01:03 AM   #2
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I think it's safe to say that this is one of the top 5 Starflyer releases. Songs like Good Sons are extremely catchy, but still very well-writen. It's all around solid, thouhg a bit lacking in length. Softness, Goodness and The Longest Line are a couple other greatt tracks.

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Unread 10-14-2005, 03:15 AM   #3
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A solid album, but it goes by too quickly and it tends to run together a bit. It leaves you wanting more, which is both a good and a bad thing. "Good Sons" is easily the best song on the album and causes my latent dancing instincts to come to the surface. The rest of the album is good, but that's the song that really stands out. 8.

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Unread 06-27-2008, 04:02 PM   #4
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Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice is a very good album by Starflyer 59 and could be described as "modern new wave." The Contest Completed, Easy Street, and Good Sons are all very good songs and get the cd off to a great start. Next, A Lists Go On, is my favorite song on the album, and sounds a lot like Daniel Amos' Ghost Of The Heart from their Alarma album.
After that, all the songs are somewhat forgettable (but not distracting), except Something Evil, which is my second favorite song on the album.
Talking Voice... is my second favorite Starflyer 59 album (behind Leave Here A Stranger). If you've never heard Starflyer 59, this is a real good album to start with--you won't be let down.

Last edited by Ritchie_az; 07-02-2008 at 02:37 PM. Reason: After revisiting "Talking Voice..." I think I was too harsh on the second "half" of the album--it's pretty consistant.
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Unread 06-28-2008, 04:46 PM   #5
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Someone needs to edit that comment out of track four; I think I'm the one who noted that in the review request initially.

I voted an eight on this who knows how long ago; points detracted mainly for its brevity (Martin is great at trimming the fat on an album, but one always does want a little more meat). This album had only Jason Martin and Frank Lenz (who is a genius) as "the band," but they got a string trio for many of the songs, which fleshes this album out amazingly well... "Night Life" and "A Lists Go On" really benefit from the string arrangements, and still give me chills. There's also a Latin-style trumpet solo on "Easy Street" which is a Starflyer 59 first (and, still, last). "The Contest Completed" and "The Longest Line" are extremely satisfying openers and closers, respectively.

It's a great album, but I don't think I'd recommend it for first time Starflyer 59 listeners, unless I knew they liked moodier, downtempo music. Not every track is downtempo, but the album on the whole feels that way. Also, if one is not used to shorter albums, better go for The Fashion Focus or Leave Here a Stranger first.

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Unread 06-29-2008, 08:59 PM   #6
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Someone needs to edit that comment out of track four; I think I'm the one who noted that in the review request initially.
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