The Stars

This CD instantly brought me back to my high school days, when I’d lock myself in my room with some primitive sequencer, MidiVerb II, and a Proteus 1 Plus Orchestral Expander and spend hours on end making fantastic soundscapes. Man, sound quality has really evolved in—my god, is it really?—17 years. Anyway, I can admit that on rare occasion, I actually get in the mood to hear synth orchestral timbres, especially when draped in reverb and juxtaposed with freaky electro-flourishes. If ever I was jonesing, Gabriel Yared’s early ballet score to Shamrock would provide the fix. We may have a new replacement.

—RN