Friday, March 12, 2010

Chris Bell

When I think of the public adoration heaped upon mainstream “artists” the likes of Avril Lavigne, or Ashley Simpson, or Justin Timberlake, it sickens me that artists possessed of a true pop genius, Chris Bell for instance, remain virtually forgotten.

Bell’s posthumous release I am the Cosmos collects tracks recorded in the years between his departure from Big Star and his tragic, untimely death in 1978.

These songs are powerful and sweet, highly reminiscent of Big Star's #1 Record. Top tracks include the title track, the plaintive Speed of Sound, and the delicate pop of You and Your Sister.

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