Black Star Crash

With a biography promising some aural pleasure, a mis-heard comment across the office turned into a nasty fight to get to the CD. Once the police had taken the necessary statements and let us off with a warning, we finally got the chance to stick it into the CD player – and the promises were far from misleading.

‘All For You’ is a pacey track that flits between the spikey-rock sounds of numerous chart bands and the worlds of alternative country and folk. It’s the rock that leads proceedings here, but it really wouldn’t be what it is without the slight edginess supplied by music that wouldn’t typically be at the forefront of the ‘edgy’ scene.

Slowing down the pace and containing some more obvious country reference points, ‘Coming Down’ has a surprisingly sing-along chorus that seems to draw you in with a series of harmonious vocals. The pace is maintained in ‘I Won’t be There’, but with a rhythm that connects with the limbs in a manner that feels much more up-tempo.

‘Things Behind the Sun’ is probably the most country influenced song on the record, suggesting that Blackstarcrash are exercising some cunning, drawing you in with the songs that have the widest appeal before going in for the life-changing country conversion.

I have to say, while I certainly enjoyed the depth of style on offer, it’s ‘All For You’ that still satisfies the musical g-spot, while the last song fiddles around like a spotty virgin. That said, this is definitely better than pure country and you don’t have to put up with an over-the-top southern-states vocal as this is from ol’ blighty!

Smith
Stuart 'Saur' Smith was a prolific writer for The Mag throughout the magazine's lifetime. He combined a day job of temporary office jobs in London with a nightlife of trawling the capital's music venues looking for talent. As well as writing about music, he was a session musician who featured on a number of singles in the 90s. Today, Stuart is a Chief Writer for Phonotonal.