Head Candy ‎– Starcaster

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1 Soul Grinder
Written-By – M. Sangster*
4:41
2 In The Night Kitchen
Written-By – M. Sangster*
3:17
3 At The Controls
Written-By – Roberson*, Sangster*
3:32
4 Words To Live By
Written-By – Roberson*, Sangster*
3:34
5 Part Of The Earth
Written-By – Vallet*, Sangster*
4:40
6 Watching The Sun's Trail
Written-By – M. Sangster*
3:46
7 Sideways Laughing
Written-By – M. Sangster*
3:24
8 Mona Lisa Overdrive
Written-By – M. Sangster*
3:16
9 Rocket Transfer Warehouse
Written-By – Roberson*, Sangster*
3:46
10 Invitation To A Beheading
Written-By – Roberson*, Sangster*
2:18
11 Black Spirits And White
Written-By – Roberson*, Vallet*, Viner*, Sangster*
5:26
12 Starcaster
Written-By – Roberson*, Sangster*
2:11

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  • Barcode (Written): 72061-61151-2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 720616115126
  • Matrix / Runout: 2 61151-2 SRC+01 M1S2

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
1-61151-4 Head Candy Starcaster(Cass, Album) Link 1-61151-4 US 1991 Sell This Version

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sTemwinder7

sTemwinder7

October 18, 2010


The first and, unfortunately, last album from an incredible Iowa quartet that traded in medium-loud, complex guitar rock a' la Television or Dumptruck. Almost psychedelic in its shifting textures and lyrical imagery, but always melodic, this is an important album.

Iowa has long been a fertile breeding ground for driving pop bands. With guitarists Mike Sangster and Doug Roberson coming from two such bands, the Hollowmen and the Dangtrippers respectively, Head Candy is poised to carry on the tradition. Sangster's vocals oscillate between an uneasy tension and a mellow smoothness in much the same way that Head Candy's songs reflect both a world-weary callousness and a vulnerable sweetness. Witness the brash groove of the opening cut "Soul Grinder" segued into catchy riffs embedded in "In The Night Kitchen." Starcaster's uncomplicated production gives it an even mesh, comprised of grinding guitars and fuzzy vocals vibrating over a firm rhythm section. Every sound falls neatly into place without being jelled into a sticky gloss, creating a steadfast sound throughout. Start with the afore-mentioned two cuts, and move along to the frail melodies and lyrics of "Part Of The Earth," the sinister jangle of "Watching The Sun's Trail," the jagged melodies of "Rocket Transfer Warehouse", the incredibly strong, guitar-driven "Mona Lisa Overdrive"and the delicate instrumental "Invitation To A Beheading".