Few bands can get away with the sound of a tap dancer in a rock song.
Few bands can get away with the sound of a tap dancer in a rock song. The Starlight Mints are one, with like-minded acts the Flaming Lips, Apples in Stereo, and Super Furry Animals being some of the others. "Black Cat" opens the Oklahoma band's sophomore effort. It gets the album rolling with an oddball rock'n'roll homage to '40s cabaret, complete with lounge-like vocals and waltzing violins. "Brass Digger" is next, and it grabs the ear with triumphant trumpets that wouldn't be out of place in a Looney Toons flick. Elsewhere, "Goldstar" is accentuated with hip-hop beats, while "Irene" contrasts fuzzed-up guitars with the sound of crashing bowling pins. There are a dozen other ear-candy moments throughout the album, resulting in a light-hearted, entertaining collection of pop confectionery. It's not at the level of the Flaming Lips or Apples in Stereo, but the Starlight Mints shouldn't be faulted for setting the bar high.—TM