The Crystalairs

Starcatcher

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Play the Crystalairs for even knowledgeable fans of '50s vocal groups, and they might be surprised to find that the Danish quartet is a contemporary group still active in the mid-2000s. (At least until they get to pop culture giggles like "The IHOP Song," that is.) Utterly faithful to the pre-Beach Boys vocal group template, the Crystalairs' vocal arrangements are exquisite copies of the Four Lads/Four Preps style, but they're delivered with a level of utter sincerity that transcends pastiche. Equally adept with ballads like the gorgeous title track, which mines the same spooky/lovelorn vein as the Flamingos' version of "I Only Have Eyes for You," and more upbeat material like the swinging "Goodnight to the World," which also features a classic honking sax solo, the Crystalairs approach this music with equal amounts of reverence and fun. The only problem is that at 22 songs, the double-album-length Starcatcher gets a bit tiresome if listened to in a single sitting.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:29
2 3:03
3 2:15
4 2:43
5 2:41
6 2:08
7 2:43
8 2:05
9 2:46
10 2:27
11 3:30
12 2:37
13 2:28
14 2:49
15 2:27
16 2:30
17 2:18
18 3:12
19 2:30
20 2:17
21 2:23
22 2:53
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