Foxygen ...And Star Power
Absorbed in pieces, the fourth album from LA retro-rockers Foxygen works slightly better than it does as an 82-minute adventure, but that’s not saying much.
The section titles for the vinyl version provide the CliffsNotes: First up are “The Hits,” followed by “Star Power Suite,” then “The Paranoid Side” and “Scream: Journey Through Hell,” capped off by the two-song “Hang on to Love” encore. “The Hits” are relatively enjoyable; “Cosmic Vibrations” takes the spacey journey its name implies, and “How Can You Really” and “Coulda Been My Love” are groovy enough, even if they sound like they’re vying for room on Time Life’s next Soft Rock From the ’70s set.
From there, the returns diminish rapidly. “Star Power Suite” plays like a four-part jam session—interesting ideas never fully shaped—and the bloated and surprisingly boring “Paranoid” and “Scream” sides rarely even achieve that distinction. Only zealots and masochists will flip to the final segment, and they’ll find nothing critical there, either.