Caroline Rose – Superstar (2020) [24bit FLAC]

Caroline Rose – Superstar (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 37:58 minutes | 456 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © New West Records

Here comes SUPERSTAR-the bigger, badder, glitter-driven record by Caroline Rose. Written as a sequel to 2018’s LONER, the forthcoming 2020 release “plays out like an epic movie about the pursuit of fame and fortune,” Rose states. “I’ve always been fascinated by this pursuit, but what’s even more fascinating is what happens when it fails.” Indeed, gone are the successful Hollywood hunks and starlets of old. SUPERSTAR chronicles a quirky anti-hero, who after receiving a wrong call from the elite hotel Chateau Marmont, decides to leave their old life behind in order to become a big Hollywood star.

Partly inspired by the 2001 film Mulholland Drive, Caroline Rose’s synth-pop latest is like David Lynch for the influencer age. Press materials say Superstar is about “an anti-hero who moves to Hollywood… after receiving a wrong number call from the Chateau Marmont.” The character pursues fame without any of the self-awareness Rose herself has in spades. From pie-eyed dreams (“Got to Go My Own Way”) to donning a facade to fool the world (the Saint Etienne-esque “Someone New”) to the pursuit of danger (“Freak Like Me,” about falling for a dominatrix) to cataloging mistakes (“Back at the Beginning”), it’s a rise and fall in 13 acts. “Feel the Way I Want” channels SoCal sunshine with bright synth squiggles while exposing the mixed messages women on social media receive — love yourself, but not too much or you’ll be torn down. The music is as interesting as the storyline, with melodies that channel underwater worlds, 17th-century France, even ’80s R&B: “Do You Think We’ll Last Forever” bounces on an audacious rubber-band bass and Mary Jane Girls-worthy chorus. – Shelly Ridenour

1. Nothing’s Impossible (04:08)
2. Got To Go My Own Way (03:21)
3. Do You Think We’ll Last Forever? (04:14)
4. Feelings Are A Thing Of The Past (01:03)
5. Feel The Way I Want (04:03)
6. Freak Like Me (03:42)
7. Someone New (03:08)
8. Pipe Dreams (03:25)
9. Command Z (01:22)
10. Back At The Beginning (04:21)
11. I Took A Ride (05:11)

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