I first heard Dear Superstar in 2005 when I received their 'Submission Of Your Soul' EP, and was extremely impressed with what the band had to offer. When this album first came about it was self released by the band, once again showing their intense talent and keen ear for a brilliant rock song. After they'd self financed this album and originally self released it also, their music caught the attention of the Casket Music record label and they decided to give this album an official release and as such a wider distribution. With 'Confessions Of A Twisted Mind' these self confessed sleaze rockers have here written an album that has all the intensity of the live setting captured on CD.
There are so many great tracks on display here, right from anthemic opener 'Sunset Strip Suicide,' to the colossal closer of 'Little Devil.' The band have your full attention from the offset, and as the album progresses seem to gather momentum and really come into their stride. By the time title track 'Confessions Of A Twisted Mind' kicks in at the albums centre point, the band are really coming into their own and have carved out a perfect little niche for themselves. The opening riffs to this storming little number are epic and really show Dear Superstar to be an impressive band more than worthy of your time. They crash through this track with great vocal styling and awesome guitar licks that even Motley Crue would be proud of. Never are Dear Superstar anything short of sensational as they smash and crash their way through this album, always the music comes firing out full throttle and never is it anything short of entirely enthralling.
Just when you think things can't get any better, the band cracks into the awesome duo of songs 'What You Want' and 'Submission.' At the point when things are coming to an end and you're expecting the album to wind down a bit, the band continues to impress and blast through another impressive pair of tracks. Both of these have a hefty bite and of course the trademark Dear Superstar killer chords. The band just never fails to impress, taking every opportunity possible to blast out another display of ballsy sleaze rock n roll gold. Lyrically and musically, this band really do have something special going on and that is as clear as day throughout the entirety of this album. There are ten tracks here and not one of them is in the slightest bit disappointing, all of the tracks here present are excellent in every sense and with this 'Confessions Of A Twisted Mind' album Dear Superstar prove themselves to be an almightily impressive band never short of an idea or two.
'Confessions Of A Twisted Mind' is a testament to just what you can achieve if you really put your mind to it. Despite being an unsigned band when this album was originally recorded, Dear Superstar here managed to produce and release a brilliant album which will surely be adored by all those that get the opportunity to hear it. I am certain that with such an amazing album behind them, this band can go on to achieve great things in the not too distant future. If they have ambition and drive to match their song writing ability then they will definitely hit the big time before long, this band has been going now since 2004 and with every passing year that the band has not hit the big time this must surely be greatly frustrating. Dear Superstar have a heavy tour schedule set for 2008, and earlier this year even had guest vocals provided on one of their newer tracks 'LiveLoveLie' provided by none other than a member of the successful Welsh band Bullet For My Valentine. For several years now I have predicted that Dear Superstar would become greatly successful a band, and with this recent collaboration on the 'LiveLoveLie' track it would seem that it's all finally coming together for Dear Superstar and all I can say of this matter is that it's about time too.
'Confessions Of A Twisted Mind' was the last album to have been released by Dear Superstar, they do however now have a second album ready for release in the form of 'Heartless' and so it's not just a case of finding the right label to give it an official release upon the world. Whilst your waiting for a label to be found, my advice is to check out the 'Confessions Of A Twisted Mind' album as soon as possible and be blown away by the excellence of this début offering from a Manchester rock band who should have a supremely successful career ahead of them.
Label: Casket Music
Release Date: 11th September 2006
Originally posted by me on my website Alt-UK.com
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Sunset Strip Suicide
3 And We Live
4 Days Of Yesterday
5 Confessions Of A Twisted Mind
6 Falling Apart
7 Break Up
8 What You Want
10 Little Devil