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Your Black Star - Sound From The Ground

For Louisville three-piece
Your Black Star, today has been a long time coming. After a two year wait, their new album Sound From The Ground is finally available in their own country. It was released in the summer of 2005 to great reviews in Japan, Australia and the UK. After spending the past year touring the far east, then hitting the British Isles with The New Pornographers, they're finally letting fans in the States hear what all the fuss was about. Good things come to those who wait.

The album kicks off with a pounding drum intro reminiscent of The Cure's "The Hanging Garden." For 42 minutes, heavily chorused bass and rock solid drums lay the foundation for their delay soaked guitar assault. Throughout the album I couldn't help thinking that this is what Robert Smith and company might have sounded like if The Edge had joined them in the late-eighties. Former Elliott drummer Kevin Ratterman produced the album (and also played bass), and they definitely mine some of the same sonic territory that Elliott did in on their last two albums.

Your Black Star - "Oh Jesus..." (mp3)

Sound From The Ground is in stores today, and will be available at
iTunes on Monday, October 16. Listen to two more songs from the album ("Why Do I Wait" and "The Silent Me"), on their myspace page.

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