Red Stars Theory

But Sleep Came Slowly

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Red Stars Theory's lack of reliance on the Northwestern rock scene that its members sprang from is a great asset -- yes, a subdued rock feel forms the basis of But Sleep Came Slowly, but the band takes frequent steps back into spacy swells and thick, near-epic guitar washes that are even dreamier than those on the subsequent album, Life in a Bubble Can Be Beautiful. To use the standard references, the record is more Codeine than Slint -- the group avoids the melodramatic guitar attacks and dynamics in favor of a rich and polished sound that is hugely effective.

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