Like The Stars – The Guidelines of Love & Lies
Record Label: None
Release Date: November 27, 2010
Point Pleasant, New Jersey’s Like The Stars are a pop-punk/rock alike to acts such as Just Surrender and The Years Gone By.
How Is It?
Recorded with Mike Kalajian (The Years Gone By, Just Surrender, Ace Enders), The Guidelines of Love & Lies is an infectious ride from start to finish. Blending straight up pop tunes (“The Love & The Lie” and “Downgrade”) with intricate soft sing-alongs (“Amber” and the acoustic “It’s All Downhill from Nineteen”), Like The Stars incorporate various aspects of pop-rock music throughout their debut.
“Hey Kyle, Thank for the Heads Up” begins the album on the right foot – catchy and enticing. Vocalist AJ Hoenings incorporates foot-tapping “whoa-oh-ohs” throughout the opener, forcing the listener to sing along. “Sabotage Is the New Black” is a darker track driven by guitarist Nick Kaelblein while the following “Better Off Believing” has a country-tinge blended with poppy melodies. The rock fronted “Hold Your Breath” adds a more direct approach to Like This Love, as the track is a straight forward rock tune.
Musically, “Not Enough” conveys Kaelblien’s abilities to work with Hoenings to allow a melody to stand out while displaying a captivating hook. The vocal highlight “Radio (Every Station)” begins with Hoenings meek vocals before launching into another poppy tune. The aforementioned closer “It’s All Downhill from Nineteen” ends Guidelines on a diverse note of optimism over soft guitars and piano play. The final soaring vocals and ultimate guitar solo continue to transmit the talent of the young Like The Stars.
With The Guidelines of Love & Lies, Like The Stars are able to get their sound across, proving they can play catchy pop tunes note after note. The guys are consistent, albeit not incredibly original with their sound by any means. If Like The Stars can begin to experiment more with their sound, ultimately blending various parts of genres together, their future is indeed stardom.