Stars of Heaven

Speak Slowly

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Although always prone to country music, the second album by the Stars of Heaven is more reminiscent of Tennessee than their native Dublin. The production is far slicker than the primitive Sacred Heart Hotel. Ryan's vocals are well-suited to the tender melodies and bittersweet lyrics that are so prevalent on this album. Not that the Stars of Heaven can't rock when they want to. "28" (so called because it is twice as fast as Love's "7x7") consists of crashing guitars and a driving bassline, whereas "Three Kings Day" -- in which the protagonist drinks "wine as cheap as Hollywood" -- pulsates with fast guitars and up-tempo drumming. However, it is on the more tender songs that the Stars of Heaven really make their mark. Was there ever a more touching love song than "2 O'Clock Waltz"? Despite growing interest in their music, the Stars of Heaven disbanded very soon after the release of this album. Heaven only knows how successful they might have been.

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