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Buy this album at ProxisCD OF THE WEEK (June 2001) :

Star Club West
"This is Howie"
2000, Labelman, LM013

Songs (Click the -icons for some small realaudio-samples)

cover, sleeve1. Fragment drop
2. Stereo design
3. Liposuction
4. How nice you drop by
5. Nick
6. Mr. Lover
7. Howie rides
8. Enjoying the elbow room

Songs :
Nico Jacobs

Muzikanten:
- Nico Jacobs (vocals, guitar, piano, synth, percussion)
- Wim van den Heuvel (bass)
- Raf de Backer (drums)
guests:
- Elko Blijweert (guitar)
- Glenda Langue (violin)
- Tim Coenen (drums)

Opgenomen in "Krinkel, Glenda's Place, Sailer's place, Helenalei"
Productie Star Club West

sleeve : Ellen Loots
  

My opinion

1 guitar, 1 singer, 1 bass and a bit of gentle drums. Melodic guitars, a sweet voice, and a number of controlled fuzz-outbursts. The recepy of an ever greater number of bands, it seems (just thinking of COEM, JF Muck, Orange Black, Starfighter ... and those are just the ones in the same local scene). But who is buying this stuff? Where's the market for it? - the marketeer in me asks (he's called Noël, and he's a bit retarted). Star Club West seem to be the sort of band that couldn't care less about such a question. Just quietly going about their stuff, dropping us 8 songs on little album.
Intimistic ("How nice you drop by", "Enjoying the elbow room"), melodic ("Fragment drop"), energetic ("Liposuction") and all of this at once ("Stereo design", "Nick", "This is Howie"). Star Club West cannot be denied an amount of quality, but - and this is the big but - all in all it's also an album that isn't really very exciting, mesmerizing and/or capturing. And that's even despite the shortness of it - 8 songs for 30 minutes. It's defintely okay, but not much more than that, I guess.
Only the melody on "How nice you drop by" and the frenzied part in "This is Howie" managed to really touch me, the other songs seem to fit in too well with the background. This is Howie. Doesn't he blend in well. Howdy Howie.

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This Album in the Press

- Andy Stevens voor UptoMusic : ""Er is een nieuwe ster aan het Belgisch popfirmament, een Star Club West! Net als labelgenoten Fence zoekt dit drietal zijn inspiratie bij Pavement (maar Star Club West zoekt ze dan wel in de iets zachtere nummers). ... Er is hier en daar nog een beetje werk aan de winkel, maar de intentie is er, en die belooft niets dan goeds."
- TJ Hatton bij Kindamuzik : "Star Club West display a penchant for languidly delivered vocals, piano-tinged ballads, melancholic lyrics, and guitars that gently weep. They have plenty to recommend them ... Star Club West exist in the twilight zone that lies somewhere between evening and night, an all too brief period of time that brings with it a sensation of tranquility and calm."
- bb in Rif-Raf (ned.ed.) : "Invloeden zijn er onder andere van Palace, Pavement en Yo La Tengo. Als dit u nieuwsgierig heeft gemaakt, moet u hen beslist gaan bekijken tijdens de Nachten. De plaat is alvast dik in orde"

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Where to buy this CD ?

You can order this CD from a number of locations (prices researched on June 14, 2001, but nothing guarantees they still are the same when you read this).

Shop
Price of the CD
Shipping + other expenses
Total
Direct Link
Frontstage
649
0
649 Bef.
Frontstage
Azur
631
40
671 Bef.
Azur
Proxis
0
--
Atrecordings
--
3$
--
Netbeat
--
2,77 euro
--

The lowest price is in yellow, the highest in red. This price comparison doesn't take things into account like deduction of shipping expenses when ordering more than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those for customers in Belgium.

Have you seen this record elsewhere on the net, do you own an online-CD-shop with Belgian products in it, or if there's something wrong with my calculations : let me know.

 

More about Star Club West :

- Page at labelman/toutpartout about Star Club West
- Contact: info@toutpartout.be

 

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