Starflyer 59's newest endeavor, My Island, leads the band into new territory.
While maintaining some similarity with Old and Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice, the album
has a sound of its own. This time around, Steven Dail (Project 86) was inducted into the band. Dail delivers
some solid bass lines, which leaves room for Jason Martin and Josh Dooley (Map) to play higher end riffs.
"The Frontman" kicks off in usual Starflyer power rock fashion. Heavy power chords and drums dominate
this song. "Nice Guy" and is probably one of the most different and most impressive song the band has ever
recorded. Following in the vein of nu-funk rockers (such as Franz Ferdinand), Starflyer succeeds at this
attempt. Complete with driving bass, stylish guitar riffs, and synth string arrangements, this track is sure
to be a fan favorite.
"I Win" is a great transition from "Nice Guy." This track was previously released on the band's I Win EP
(which released in July). After hearing it on this new album, it's obvious to tell that it fits in perfectly.
"Division" is a darker track that would have fit well on the band's previous full-length, Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice.
Still, the song is in great position here.
"Mic The Mic" is another classic Starflyer rock song. Kicking off with a solid rhythm section and powerful
guitars, "Mic The Mic" meshes well in the band's catalog. The album continues with "It's Alright Blondie,"
which happens to be one of the best songs on the album. Keeping close to the style of "Nice Guy,"
"It's Alright Blondie" is another strong track.
Only a song named "My Island" would seem appropriate to bear a slight surf rock feel. This is probably
one of the most melodic tracks in Starflyer history. The extra palm-muted guitar and synth add some
character to this great song. "Pearl Of Great Price" sounds like a classic number from the 70s and it also fits
the pace of the album.
As another powering rock song, "Lifeguard" takes on driving guitars and pounding rhythm.
Sublte keys creep into the song's chorus and complete the song even more. "Ideas For The Talented" closes
the album nicely with a slight oldies rock sound. Towards the song's completion, synth strings add a
beautiful atmosphere and put a close to a great record.
Overall, My Island is a loveable album. It is probably the most progressive Starflyer 59 project
to date, and at least their best release since Leave Here A Stranger. If Old and
Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice were signs that the band was trying to find a new sound, My Island
proves they've found their niche.
- Review date: 9/10/06, written by Brett Wier