Originally issued on the band's own Sonik Wire and eventually Simon Raymonde's Bella Union in the U.K. and Nettwerk in the U.S., Different Stars is basically a preview to Trespassers William's hypnotic and lush soundscape yet to come. Anna-Lynne Williams' soft, angelic vocals, which are eerily similar to Aimee Mann's, are flawlessly matched with Matt Brown's keyboard and guitar arrangements. The band isn't sonically daring, but their refined presentation is exactly in place. From the lovelorn ballads such as "Lie in the Sound" and "Let You Down" to the sparse twang of "Alone," Different Stars maintains a quiet atmosphere with slow-changing moods and textures. "What Could I Say," which isn't included on the original album, is Trespassers William's shining moment. The cold chill of acoustic guitars and Williams' lovely vocal delivery resonates early material by the Sundays and Mazzy Star. A cover of Ride's classic epic "Vapour Trail" is dressed in pianos, ebbing synth beats, and again, Williams' achingly beautiful voice surrounds its sheer texture. Those who will always adore the dream pop/shoegazer sounds of the early '90s should enjoy the sonic bliss that is Trespassers William.
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AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson