Starfucker
Reptilians


4.5
superb

Review

by PorkchopExpress USER (37 Reviews)
March 8th, 2011 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Starfucker return after a short break with an album full of catchy songs. Most importantly, it's their most mature album so far, one that should silence critics who write them off because of their "silly name".

If you go back and watch any great TV series ever created, there is one thing that most of them have in common. The first season, while still great, is always kind of weak in comparison to what follows. That's because TV shows take some time to find their voice, but once they hit their stride it's a great thing to behold. The new Star***er album can be looked at in the same context. Their self-titled debut was a very fun album, but one that showcased a band who had yet to totally find their voice. They followed quickly with an eight song EP, which contained extras from the first album. It was also good, especially for a quick release put out to capitalize on the minor success they found when their song "Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second" found its way into a Target commercial.

With that new found semi-success, the band was faced with a conundrum. With a name like Star***er, they weren't about to be getting regular airplay regardless of how good the material was. So in their three year hiatus from recording, they had some brief turmoil in finding a new name (Pyramidd at one point), before settling back on Star***er. Three years can be a long time for a band to follow-up a debut album, but Star***er had time to grow, and "Reptilians" is all the better for it.

"Reptilians" has an almost bi-polar quality to it, featuring songs with a life-affirming and positive sound, yet much of the album is focused on death. A handful of songs actually close with a sample of a lecture being given on the subject of dying and mortality. The album opens with "Born", which bears a striking resemblance to "Fight Test" by the Flaming Lips. Airy vocals carry the song, and the synths set the tone for the entire album. "Julius" follows, and its a song that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Passion Pit album. In factm with the type of music they make, references to other bands can be made with most of the songs on the album. Songs like "Mona Vegas" and "Millions" could be compared to Cut Copy, with the former showcasing CC's atmospheric quality, and the latter sounding more like their dancy-er material.

However, this isn't to say that Star***er is a band completely derivative of other bands. Far from it. It's easy to get the sense while listening to the record that, while the band wasn't really interested in doing something groundbreaking, they managed to create a few applaudable, original moments. And even the songs that sound like other bands have a sound that belongs to them, which isn't always easy to pull off. Also, a few songs on the album can't be pinpointed to another band's sound, such as "Death As A Fetish", with its pulsing beat, and lyrics stating "I will never be good enough", before busting into the chanted "death as a fetish" to close the song. Another example of a song tha is wholly their own is the album standout "The White of Noon". Sitting right near the middle of the album, it's one of those songs that instantly has you paying attention when you hear it. The trance-like vocals fit the lyrics--"we are dreaming"--spectacularly. This song is the sound of a band in control of their sound.

The rest of the album is full of highlights as well, from "Astoria" to "Mystery Cloud"--the most danceable song on the album--to the title track, which is very similar to "German Love" from the debut. Even the two instrumental tracks, "Hungry Ghost" (which features more samples of the lecture located in other songs on the album) and "Quality Time", the album closer, won't get skipped over for the next song. The digital version features two bonus tracks, and is the version worth getting in my opinion. Either way you go, the album is a treat, and one that I can confidently say will make my "year-end" list in some way. And as long as Star***er can continue to put out albums of this quality, going back to the debut will be just like going back to the first season of a great TV series. While still great, it was essentially laying the groundwork of much better things to come.



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PorkchopExpress
March 8th 2011


389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just edited the album to give it the correct release date (today) as well as the album artwork. But yeah, I really love this album.

bloc
March 8th 2011


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their Jupiter EP was awesome, will listen to this.

Shrapnel94
March 8th 2011


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

About time this got a review. This album is brilliance.

PorkchopExpress
March 8th 2011


389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Shrapnel

Yeah, it really is. I've been listening to it steady for the last month now. I'm going to see them on April 11th in Columbus. Pretty pumped.

@bloc

It's different from Jupiter, but it's a more cohesive album (though Jupiter has Boytoy, probably my favorite song by these guys)

bloc
March 8th 2011


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Boy Toy is also my favourite

231090
March 15th 2011


20 Comments


Great review. I picked up a "Flight Test"-vibe on "Born" as well : )

"The White of Noon" is one of the most satisfying songs I've heard this year. The album in its entirety is good but nothing extraordinary at all imo.

sudonym
March 29th 2011


27 Comments


nice review. this album is fucking awesome

psykonaut
March 29th 2011


3913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i had no idea this was coming out! i really enjoyed their debut, i'll check this out

PorkchopExpress
March 30th 2011


389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I actually prefer this one to the debut, but I also loved the debut. It's totally worth checking out if you enjoyed it.

lancebramsay
April 27th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent excellent album

crazyhobo17
July 7th 2011


8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

easily one of my favorite albums

foxblood
September 3rd 2011


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is surprisingly good. no way it's a 4.5 though

feanaro
September 29th 2011


869 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Seeing them tonight :D

album is great too

bloc
September 29th 2011


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Holy crap me too

feanaro
September 30th 2011


869 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they were awesome :D

played pretty much all of the best songs from this album

iisblackstar
October 13th 2011


431 Comments


this album is bullshit good, will bid me well through the upcoming summer

crazyblinddude
October 13th 2011


3389 Comments


Thought this would have something do to with NIN cuz the name of the band and the album's title ha.

Gonna check em out now.

iisblackstar
October 13th 2011


431 Comments


yeah this style of music was the last thing i expected from the name

Coralinescode
November 14th 2011


1 Comments


@ PorkchopExpress

You were saying that you had edited and collected the album art for Reptilians? Can you tell me who created the album art? (also for the Julius
single?)
Thanks

FenixZero
May 16th 2012


388 Comments


SO FUCKING GOOD HOLY SHIT



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