Crushed Stars In The Bright Rain

Crushed Stars In The Bright Rain
It isn't that Todd Gautreau desperately needs to find something new to do musically, but his Crushed Stars discography is beginning to bleed together in a way that makes it tough to get excited about a new album. That means In The Bright Rain sounds a great deal like 2010's Convalescing in Braille, and while that isn't a bad thing, considering that the latter was a damned fine record, Gautreau is hardly stretching himself. All the Crushed Stars trademarks are here – echoey vocals, dreamy guitars and stark songs drifting along slowly – but it's only when he tries his hand at someone else's music that the mood shifts. The piano-led cover of Epic Soundtracks' "House on the Hill" is a welcome respite from the rest of the album, also demonstrating that Gautreau could inject some colour into his monochrome world, but chooses not to. He really should next time though. (Simulacra)