Stephenhero* ‎– 57 Stars Of The Air Almanac

Ragoora ‎– Rag 004
CD, Album


1 12 Stars 4:01
2 Open Blue Skies 4:09
3 Early Astronomy 4:22
4 Back To Bed 1:56
5 Oh, Frank 4:22
6 58th Star 4:33
7 A Death In June 2:54
8 Crazed, Full Of Hope 3:23
9 Welcome Home! 3:30
10 Other Men's Flowers 5:11
11 The Polar Bear's 4:09

Companies, etc.



Recorded at various locations on an AppleMac G3 Laptop using Logic Audio Express 6, MAudio Firewire 410, Drawmer Valve Compressor, AKG Tubevalve Microphone and a PodXT. Mixed on a MacBook Pro using Logic 7.2. Finalized by Pascal Gabriel at the Strongroom.

In a Digipak, no booklet.
Stephen Hero is an alias of Patrick Fitzgerald.
℗ & © 2007 Ragoora Records

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (From sticker): 634479601958
  • Matrix / Runout: Sony DADC RAG004 1
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LY34
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 8744



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January 27, 2012
MOJO Magazine****, UK, Issue 166 - September 2007
Former Kitchens Of Distinction mainman's stellar return.

So uncannily do Interpol and Editors recall the signature epic emo-scapes of Kitchens Of Distinction that one readily imagines erstwhile members of that undervalued '80s/'90s south London trio ruminating bitterly on the concept of intellectual copyright. Not singer/bassist Patrick Fitzgerald, however, who has forged a successful new musical identity as a composer for theatre and film, while gradually priming his Stephen Hero alias for great things. 57 stars... is an 'adult' work in the old-fashioned sense, with material as evocative of Stephen Sondheim's opaque psychodramas as any contemporary touchstones. while also gently reclaiming 'his' sound over a mighty opening trio of portentous piano balladry; KoD guitarist Julian Swales contributes trademark iridescent vastness to Early Astronomy. Heartfelt and exotic - closer The Polar Bears sees its protagonist subjected to an ursine dissection - here's proud validation of a most distinctive voice. Keith Cameron

The Times ****, UK, August 4th, 2007

The era of Interpol, Editors and Bloc Party is as good a time as any for Patrick Fitzgerald, aka Stephenhero (one of James Joyce's leading characters), to release his first album in five years, especially given the fact the that his underrated band Kitchens of Distinction helped to refine the template in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After four solo albums of stripped-down folk, he has gone back to a band sound (self-played except for the drums) based around piano rather than guitar. What he has ended up with is an edgier version of Elton John's early 1970s albums. Early Astronomy and Oh, Frank recall KoD's soaring brand of sensitivity, but this subtle and spacious record is one of the year's finest. Martin Aston