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3.78 | 52 ratings | 4 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Beyond the Frontier (5:49)
2. Long Ride to Eden (5:58)
3. West Coast (5:57)
4. A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof (11:05)
5. Dust in the Sun (3:00)
6. On the Third Day Arrived the Crow (4:03)
7. Specter of Twilight (3:27)
8. Night Falls (4:58)

Total Time 44:17

Line-up / Musicians

- Mike Henderson / guitars (electric, slide & 12-string acoustic), synthesizers
- Mike Murray / electric mandocello (1,3), acoustic guitar (3)
- Gayle Ellett / harmonium, dilruba, acoustic & electric guitars, 8 & 4 string tenor ukulele, vibraphone, viola, Greek bouzouki, EBow, upright bass, analog synth, Hammond organ, Mellotron choir, gopichand, tar, mbira, wooden flutes, surmandal, tanpura, cumbus, congas, udu, krakebs, tambourine, bicycle bell, field recordings, production & mixing
- Henry Osborne / bass
- Chuck Oken Jr. / drums, analog & digital keyboard sequencing & soundscapes

- Todd Montgomery / sitar (1,2,6), Irish bouzouki (6)
- Micah Nelson / charango (3,5)
- Mark Cook / electric & fretless guitars & bass (7)
- Shannon Michael Terry / array mbira (5)

Releases information

Artwork: Mike Murray

CD HC Productions ‎- HC019A (2019, US)

Digital album

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DJAM KARET A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof ratings distribution

(52 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(52%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Veteran US band DJAM KARET has been exploring the realm of progressive rock in their particular manner for close to 40 years at this point, with more than two dozen releases to their name all and sundry. "A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof" is their 19th studio album, and was self-released in 2019.

Djam Karet is a band that everyone should lend an ear at some point, if for no other reasons than to hear what consummate professional veterans do when they use their long experience as recording artists to craft a new album. Other than that, those who are fond of dream-laden, calm and serene instrumental progressive rock with world music and ambient elements explored in a subtly cosmic oriented context would be my description of the perfect audience for this album. Or, possibly, those who tend to enjoy a band like Ozric Tentacles in their calmer and more careful moments.

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars DJAM KARET have been together since 1984 and released 20 studio albums over their careers. The awkwardly titled "A Sky Full Of Stars For A Roof" is from 2019 and is their 19th studio album. Interesting that their next album from 2022 called "Island In The Red Night Sky" is a companion to this record, sort of a ying/yang thing like back in 1991 with their "Burning The Hard City" and "Suspension & Displacement" releases. This is the mellow one while that 2022 release is dark and electric and way more to my liking just like "Burning The Hard City" blew away "Suspension & Displacement".

The first thing I noticed listening to this album is the abundance of ethnic instruments and looking at the liner notes there are a ton of them and half of them I don't even know what they are. It's not like DJAM KARET haven't used ethnic instruments before, they have often but this comes across as a World Music album. The other thing is it's very acoustic and there's lots of electronics. This is a mellow album and a new direction for this band and not to my tastes unfortunately. I do get how some would be drawn to the warm sounds, and everything this band does they do very well but I just don't like this new direction. Not since the back to back albums of '01/'03 have I given them anything lower than 4 stars.

I am on the hunt for "Island In The Red Night Sky" with that awesome cover art but I have ten other DJAM KARET album to enjoy until then.

Latest members reviews

5 stars A Sky Full Of Stars For A Roof I remember one time, in an email with Gayle that we talked about music or something related to chord and changes. He said it was different for them, since they could start on A and end up on Z. Not a whole lot needed to be said about their music after that. If ... (read more)

Report this review (#2573468) | Posted by moshkito | Monday, June 21, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars You may notice the universal and the particular: It's a thing of beauty in this the nineteenth full-length album, from DJAM KARET, the "Greatest Undiscovered American Band". In this, the 35?year anniversary of the band. In this, the multi-layered, complex, lovely- dare I say it, spiritual ... (read more)

Report this review (#2215978) | Posted by Steve Conrad | Sunday, May 26, 2019 | Review Permanlink

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