Stars of the Lid
The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid


5.0
classic

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
November 8th, 2010 | 64 replies | 16,279 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: That golden tone

Writing reviews has become something that I just cannot do lately -- call it a thorn in my flesh, a bewildering gap, or maybe it’s just that I'm depressed after having done that review for that terrible Linkin Park album, A Thousand Suns. But whatever it is, something has sapped me of my creativity, dwindled my already-lackluster vocabulary to a few, mumbled phrases, and left me in the company of those bereaved mourning a loss. Perhaps it's women in my life, you say? Maybe, maybe. But since when has music become this thing that I just cannot grasp, though, you know? Why is it that when I turn on Radiohead or Defeater -- as you can see, music taken from any genre -- does everything crackled and fuzz into Channel 78 static or become something morose and depressed like an endless, looping cycle of Chopin’s preludes.

C,B,C,B,C,B -- piano chords play in my head, mocking me, comforting me.

And then, as if suddenly, an extended note breaks through the air, pausing Chopin’s hands, his leg being left to rest on the left pedal of his piano, leaving the dissonance of his minor keys to fade into the distance, fucking leaving my mind. I feel -- this is peace, I think. A gentle hand rests on my shoulder, in a touch removing the tension and the stress; the thoughts of my mind pause and dissipate into nothingness. Two men appear in my tunneled, black vision, standing out in the darkness and the would-be quiet, if not for that extended tone, that golden-calm tone. Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie are their names; around sputnikmusic’s, Pitchfork’s, and Bitchfork’s worlds, they are known as Stars of the Lid. They speak, I think, but no words come out.

There’s just that hallowed drone, varying every so slightly, it seems.

Or does it? So peaceful, soothing, giving me words to write, ideas to pen, and music -- wait, music to enjoy? They told me before all this that Converge’s Jane Doe would be my savior, you know. Never in a million years did I envision the likes of ambient/drone master-workers Stars of the Lid and their opus The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid to be my key. Oh, and it’s not just my savior to writing and getting my life back on track again; no, it’s also the key to finding many fitting nights of sleep. Dear God, I’ll tell you: last night was the first night in the last three months that I’ve gotten more than four hours of sleep, eight to be exact. I woke up with a faint note lingering in my mind, the varying dynamics for the tone of the middle of “Broken Harbours, Pt. 3”, specifically, sending chills up my arms and spine, causing me to cradle my now twenty-pound-less body in my arms, the product of stress and, relatively, a world without the joy of music that I had endured.

They say that Stars of the Lid and their albums are an acquired taste and take patience to enjoy.

Yeah, whatever. Patience has nothing to do with it, my friends. It’s more like you have to just -- fuck, let The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid take you, caress you, heal you. It’s one of those albums that you lose yourself inside of and forget you’re even listening to it anymore; this is not boredom, mind you, nor is this ADD. It’s, well, just Stars of the Lid. It’s drone and ambient music. You know what you’re getting here, but with The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid, you’re getting the best from the best. Turn it on; lose yourself; and wake up to a new you. Hyperbole, you say? Unbelievable? Boring? No.

This is just The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid. Believe it. Listen to it. Feel it.



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Photon
November 8th 2010



1292 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Agree 100%

kitsch
November 8th 2010



5107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules so hard, everything this band has done is pure gold

SeaAnemone
November 8th 2010



19763 Comments


I wish I could see the same beauty in Stars of the Lid that others do, sincerely.

Either way, this is beautifully written Jared... I like the style you've employed here, the paragraph-sentence-para thing. You lose me a little with that last paragraph, maybe it's just hard for me to relate to? Like I said though... great read.


Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

robin
Emeritus
November 8th 2010



4241 Comments


until about two seconds ago i had this at a 3 and refinement at 5. what happened there. hello jared.

kitsch
November 8th 2010



5107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i was listening to gravitational pull vs the desire for an aquatic life last night

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2010



16264 Comments


Really interesting review Jared. I like it.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

jingledeath
November 8th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah great review, I've been meaning to check these guys out for quite a while now.

Ponton
Emeritus
November 8th 2010



5784 Comments


Much appreciated guys thanks

yeah its great stuff, and figured it was about time this got a review

AggravatedYeti
November 8th 2010



7684 Comments


never been able to get into these guys
but for you jared; I'd try again.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2010



14991 Comments


the austin texas mental hospital tracks own

Enotron
November 8th 2010



7695 Comments


review is too good, need to get this

PuddlesPuddles
November 8th 2010



4767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very cool album
I was going to suggest this being a soundoff because of the way yo presented it, but you know, I can't really see how to review this type of music otherwise.

Gyromania
November 8th 2010



15202 Comments


Loved the review Jared, especially the opening paragraph. Pos'd. Also, major yes to your avatar

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
November 8th 2010



862 Comments


album is godly

Ponton
Emeritus
November 8th 2010



5784 Comments


Thanks for the comments, and yeah I agree Puddles. I'm still working on a way to properly write reviews like this

Bitchfork
November 8th 2010



7584 Comments


FUCK YOU I WAS GOING TO DO THIS FOR MY FIFTIETH IF YOU TAKE THE EMPTY HOLLOW UNFOLDS I'LL RIP YOU APART.

Knott-
Emeritus
November 8th 2010



10194 Comments


how can this be better than decline

PuddlesPuddles
November 8th 2010



4767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, no, I didn't mean at all that it wasn't done properly. It's a fine example of this type of reviewing. I was just thinking aloud about reviewing drone, ambient albums. It's the same way with soundscapes. Personally I find it hard to expound some artist's albums that are made to sleep to or relax to and compare it to their others in a rating of 'better or worse'.

Stars of the Lid fall in that category. It's easy for me to know which is my favorite album, but I can't describe exactly why, haha. Nice job, though.

FadeToBlack
November 8th 2010



10913 Comments


this band is like my first ambient 101

Bitchfork
November 8th 2010



7584 Comments


"this band is like my first ambient 101"
Bitches need to start listening to Deathprod, Troum and All Sides, and Raison D'etre instead of this and that Eluvium bitch.



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