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  • 1. What's Gonna Set You Free?
    2. Cake
    3. CB
    4. I'm Melting
    5. Solid Gold
    6. Mood Swing, The
    7. Punk Rock City U.S.A.
    8. Sick of Heaven
    9. Starduster
    10. Gun to a Knifefight
    11. Hot Stuff
    12. At Least at Last
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): HMS2142

  • Credits
    ProducerFred Brockman
    EngineerSal Mormando

    Sleepyhead: Christopher Edmund O'Rourke (vocals, guitar); Rachael Marie McNally (vocals, drums); Michael Franklin Galinsky (bass).
    Recorded at Watermusic, Hoboken, New Jersey.
    Personnel: Christopher O'Rourke (vocals, guitar); Rachael Marie McNally (vocals, drums).
    Recording information: Watermusic, Hoboken, NJ.
    Photographer: Steve Thornton.
    Although New York trio Sleepyhead began as a protegee of Sonic Youth, it shares little of its mentor's experimental and noisy bent. Sleepyhead's second full-length album, 1994's STARDUSTER, is instead a straightforward pop album filled with 12 slices of twinkly, catchy songs. The music is based on Chris O'Rourke's politely distorted guitars and Rachael McNally's speedy drumming, with Michael Galinsky's fluid, melodic bass adding a certain McCartney-esque element.
    O'Rourke takes on most of the vocal duties, his breathy voice recalling such high-voiced predecessors as the Three O'Clock's Michael Quercio and Let's Active's Mitch Easter-especially on "Who's Gonna Set You Free?" and the swirling "I'm Melting." Even when the band revs it up, as on the high-speed "Punk Rock City USA" (which does not appear on the earlier album of that title), a certain winsome quality shines through. Sleepyhead is one of the '90s' most underrated pure-pop bands.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (9/94, p.140) - Highly Recommended - "...Sleepyhead mixes nerd punk's heady compulsion with postpunk's evolutionary insights..."
    Alternative Press (10/94, p.96) - "...Sleepyhead's sophomore effort shows a more reflective side to the band than their debut's overall hell-bent joy pop. But that doesn't make the trio any less happy. Both are moods that exude triumph over despair..."
    Option (11-12/94, p.146) - "...The band's execution has improved over past efforts. STARDUSTER is their best work to date. Most of their songs choogle along without misfires through the intersection of power pop and indie rock..."
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