This album was Starflyer 59's turning point from their "rock out" My Bloody Valentine
days to a more pop-based sound. There is not nearly as much reverb as in previous efforts from Jason
Martin's guitar, and there seems to be a lot of experimentation with synth keys.
The Fashion Focus is not the best that the band has to offer, but is a typically strong
Starflyer record. Highlights include the opener "I Drive A Lot," the brilliant "Fell In Love At 22,"
and the more distorted, guitar-driven, "Too Much Fun."
There are a couple moments that seem to catch the band in their awkwardness of a complete sound
transition from shoegazer guitar-rock, to their more modernized synth-pop sound, but for the most part,
it works. A good pick up for those who enjoy anything by Starflyer 59.
Review date: 12/3/03, written by Marty Slagter for Jesusfreakhideout.com