"A very catchy dance CD!
I have to say I really dig this album, although it is
not very varied. Listening to the whole CD in one setting
might be a bit much, but standing alone all of the tracks
are just awesome. Musically it sounds very much like italodisco
(Laser Dance, Koto and the like), however the production
is much tighter and up to date. If you enjoy this kind
of music then 'born in the stars' is an absolute must-have.
However you better have enough space in your living room
to dance, as sitting still just isn't sufficient a reaction
when exposed to these simple, yet marvellously addictive
dance tunes.. :)" - Arne
"Ok now for those looking
for their Lizardking fix, this is THE CD to buy. Although
he changed name for this album, which I try to explain
by the really great evolution in sound, this is a CD that
all the Lizardking fans will love. The bass "scaccati"
are back here, and the sound is a really nice mixture
of pads with long reverbs and "raw" analog sounds.
All I can say : thanks Gustaf Grefberg, you did it again,
mixing synth sound in a way that is musical, modern and
oldschool!" - Serge Huber,
"Every other synthpop CD
just took a -*. This simply RULES! Especially Space Diablo."
- Dice, Finland
"This album surprized me
as I've been listening to Xain's work ever since I can
remember and nothing on this CD is remarkably similar
to what I remember! Not to scare you away, it definitely
has that famous Lizardking style we all know, love, and
respect. The album is very consistent, which could make
listening to the whole thing at once difficult, but any
one track is spectacular. I want to start hearing these
tunes played in clubs! Quality and elegance that spans
decades. Excellent work from our beloved Xain. I pray
Mr. Grefberg releases more of his work."
- Velusip, Canada
"King Gustaf comes back from
the Land of Oblivion with a new album signed under his
old nickname Xain! I was waiting this moment for so long
that I admittedly got a tad disappointed by the result.
Don't get me wrong: this is certainly a neat and energizing
work, but as a diehard fan of his Amiga mods from the
golden days, I didn't find "Born in the Stars"
as good as his previous effort "Fashion 8".
I expected more Grefberg flair and less standard eurodance.
Sorry Xain, but Lizardking is still the king of doskpop
;o)" - Kaminari, France
“Well, what can I say? Are
you a demo scene fan, craving that classic sound? Look
no further than this CD! While not the most varied album
in the world, it is most definitely one of the more original
CDs I’ve heard in a long time. If you are a fan
of Lizardking then you are going to love this album, but
even if you are not familiar with his work, you will find
the atmosphere this album generates very reminiscent of
the classic demo-scene sounds. The style of music is very
up-beat, rhythmic and dancy. Like I said, it’s not
that varied, and some tracks have an strong element of
déjà vu, but for me that’s no bad
thing. I’ve listened to the whole CD several times
now, and while every track is great in its own right,
my favourite track has to be the first one, Quantum Leap.
It really gets the hairs on my back standing up! With
modern synth music generally taking a turn for the worst
due to every man and his dog setting up soft synths, it’s
a breath of fresh air to listen to an album with production
and sound quality as good as this...when’s the next
one out Xain?!” –
Graham Potter, UK