Under The Same Stars

bark25: The Prom / Under The Same Stars

bark25 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · July 2002

1.
(An Introduction To) Under The Same Stars
2.
Living In The Past
3.
Guarantees Aren't Easy
4.
Ink On The Paper
5.
A Note On The Kitchen Table
6.
Brighter Than The Moon
7.
The Same Complaints
8.
The City Gets Lonely
9.
Room With White Walls
10.
A Note On The Kitchen Table (Reprise)
11.
It's Not My Fault

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CMJ:
Under The Same Stars, the latest from the Seattle-by-way-of-Omaha trio, might just reform the much-maligned reputation of the piano man. More musically akin to labelmates Death Cab For Cutie than to Billy Joel, The Prom's ebony-and-ivory-centered pop songs linger over earnest, poetic lyrics without a hint of melodramatic undertone. Each arrangement sounds carefully considered and crafted, with the band's formerly stark piano, bass and drums now augmented by strings and horns to concoct the charming Under The Same Stars. The album has its upbeat moments, complete with the requisite jaunty piano, but they beautifully complement the quieter fare on the rest of the record.

Under The Same Stars is an ambitious mid-fi orchestrated pop extravaganza, completed shortly after the trio's return from their first national tour in the fall of '01 with Death Cab for Cutie. Intelligent and forlorn, The Prom are based around a tight drums/bass/piano backbone augmented by assorted analog keyboards, and, on this new record, by a full string section, flute, and some other studio fun.


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