Stargazing
Stargazing

Alpha

Stargazing

May 12, 2003

Electronica

As wonderful as The Impossible Thrill was, Stargazing surpasses it in almost every respect; the album's perfectly dreamy, organic, and lush songs make for a a bold, gorgeous return to the heart of atmospheric trip-hop. If they previously sounded like they were channeling Massive Attack and Portishead, here they expand on influences ranging from Nick Drake, Lee Hazlewood, the Association, and John Barry.

- Tim DiGravina

Oar
Oar

Alexander Spence

Oar

1969

Folk-Rock

Alexander "Skip" Spence, fresh out of Moby Grape and a stay in a psychiatric hospital, spent six days in a Nashville studio in late 1968 and and created a beautifully damaged masterpiece for the ages. Oar doesn't rock like Spence's best work with Moby Grape, but his spectral melodies and rough but emphatic vocals are stellar, and this album is freak folk that's sometimes harrowing but frequently sublime; it's all but tragic that he never made another.

- Mark Deming