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“Absolute Powerpop: The Absolute Powerpop Top 100 of 2009. Minky Starshine's "Unidentified Hit Record" ranks at #57!”
“While most bands resist easy classification these days, Minky Starshine and the New Cardinals deliver unadulterated, good ol' American power-pop on Hooray for L.A. Replete with saccharine harmonies, glossy guitars, and plenty of "Ooh ooh ooh" choruses. It's a throwback to '80s rock radio that straddles the line between homage and send-up, but it's rendered with enough conviction and skill to be worth a listen for anyone looking for a dose of straightforward pop-rock.”
"Hooray for L.A." is a gas. Working within the classic power pop tradition, Minky serves up ’70s-injected, sugar-sweetened musical magic with delightfully faux sincerity, vintage instrumentation, and robust vocal harmonies.
“Minky Starshine had me at their 4AD-like cover, anyway, but fortunately, the music that follows on the 15 songs here, confirm that first impressions can be right on. They are listening to all the important pop bands and artists of the last 20 years. Gigolo Aunts, Matthew Sweet, Pernice Brothers, Elliot Smith and Material Issue. It's all hiding on "Hooray For L.A.", but not too hard. Minky Starshine embraces their influences and lands in a spot on this collection of songs that has a sound that they and you can call their own.”
“There are bands that deny their pop ambitions. Minky Starshine is not one of those bands. With their sound aimed straight at the center of the FM dial, "Unidentified Hit Record" heads straight for the heart of the songs. If more music was like this, music would be more popular. Minky and Eric French lay down guitar harmonies that keep the soaring melodies from floating away. And, the harmonies are always pop-expert. A rare bridge lends force and urgency to the tune's last refrain, which is perversely preempted by a sharp guitar solo, before it finally boils in, crests, and sweeps out. Beautiful. "Brand New" is so well crafted - the arrangement is tight and the attack is crisp and certain, with only a towering viola for a hook. Better still is "Guess That's Why", where the pairing of a rolling organ with a shimmering Wurlitzer create the most dynamic track on the disc. I haven't heard too many bands achieve so completely exactly what they were trying to achieve.”