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Main » 2006 » December » 31 » Head Candy - 1991 - Starcaster
Head Candy - 1991 - Starcaster

First and, unfortunately, last album from an incredible Iowa quartet that traded in medium-loud, complex guitar rocka la Television or  Dumptruck. Almost psychedelic in its shifting textures and lyrical imagery, but  always melodic, this is an important album. (WWW Music Database)

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" and the delicate instrumental  "Invitation To A Beheading." (CMJ)

I would add to the above recommendations the incredibly strong, guitar-driven "Mona Lisa Overdrive", and you have a great  album. Why it went unnoticed, is beyond the knowledge of God or even Captain  Beefheart.

Mike Sangster: gtr, vcls, tapes
Doug Roberson:  gtr, tapes
Jim Vallet: bs
Jim Viner: drms

1. Soul  Grinder
2. In The Night Kitchen
3. At The Controls
4. Words To Live  By
5. Part Of The Earth
6. Watching The Suns Trail
7. Sideways  Laughing
8. Mona Lisa Overdrive
9. Rocket Transfer Warehouse
10.  Invitation To A Beheading
11. Black Spirits And White
12. Starcaster

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