...And Star Power

Foxygen - ...And Star Power
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2014 Ratings: #796 / 845
User Score
Based on 118 ratings
2014 Ratings: #404
October 14, 2014 / Release Date
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Jagjaguwar / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

88
Paste

...And Star Power is essentially a return to the grimey, DIY spirit of that first record, buffing the sheen away to expose some rusty, bumbling core.

80
The 405

...And Star Power is not an album - it's an out-of-body experience.

80
DIY

This is a record of magnificent magnitude and one that’s audacious as hell.

75
A.V. Club

The album is full of all kinds of ideas, some magnificent, some raw, but always ideas showing a band looking for new ways to express themselves. 

70
Under The Radar

Listening to Star Power gives you the sense that they accomplished exactly what they set out to do: reconnect with the sense of play and reckless curiosity they had when they were teenagers in the garage, messing around with a 4-track and trying to make each other laugh.

70
Pitchfork

…And Star Power is a long, bumpy ride back to where Foxygen once belonged, and, at times, your butt is bound to feel sore.

60
Exclaim!

Foxygen need to be reined in, and fast; while they subverted expectations by not breaking up after all their perceived band drama last year, this new record still finds them wavering.

50
American Songwriter

As it stands though, Foxygen bit off more than they can chew, leaving … And Star Power as an occasionally interesting failed experiment.

siberianbreaks
52
The band ventures back into their adolescence in their garage for one last jam session of bizarre, unrehearsed fun until they head off into more professionally grand territory.

Among this directionless mess they've made, ...And Star Power's truest and most defined moments come less from its share of familiarity with throwaway revivalism and more from its pure, in-the-moment chaos.

5/10
85
Really controversial, but I don't get how people like Anthony Fantano can say that this album is... hell? noise? Come on, there are maybe 2 or 3 tracks that are pretty noisy and messy but it has a lot of hidden gems, it's like searching for juicy candies in an old, dusty house. And it's exciting!
rxnd
50
Wow. What an incredibly disappointing album. I was already aware of this album’s mixed reviews, but I figured there would be at least something in here that I could pick out and enjoy. When there was a glimpse of a great idea, it was ruined almost immediately with what followed it.
CheapandLethal
55
Uninspiring
Z.Younk
67
The first 3 or so are excellent, unfortunately by the time you get to track 24, if you're still conscious that is, you realized what a waste it was.
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Year End Lists

#32/Paste
#91/Under the Radar
#99/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. Star Power Airlines
  2. How Can You Really
  3. Coulda Been My Love
  4. Cosmic Vibrations
  5. You & I
  6. Star Power I: Overture
  7. Star Power II: Star Power Nite
  8. Star Power III: What Are We Good For
  9. Star Power IV: Ooh Ooh
  10. I Don't Have Anything/The Gate
  11. Mattress Warehouse 
  12. 666 
  13. Flowers 
  14. Wally’s Farm 
  15. Cannibal Holocaust 
  16. Hot Summer 
  17. Cold Winter/Freedom 
  18. Can’t Contextualize My Mind 
  19. Brooklyn Police Station 
  20. The Game 
  21. Freedom II 
  22. Talk
  23. Everyone Needs Love 
  24. Hang
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