January 29, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

The chiaroscuro guitar sounds of Belly’s Tanya Donelly (formerly with the band Throwing Muses) and Tom Gorman, shifting easily from bold, black-crayon strokes to fragile pastel curlicues, keep most of Star‘s moody pop tunes whirring. But not even Donelly’s breathy, pink-chiffon voice can prevent lyrics like ”Stick your finger in your eye, that’s the only way you cry” from crashing with a thud. B

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