Star (Belly album)

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Star
Belly Star.jpg
Studio album by Belly
Released January 25, 1993
Recorded
Genre
Length 51:01
Label
Producer
Belly chronology
Star
(1993)
King
(1995)King1995
Singles from Star
  1. "Gepetto"
    Released: November 9, 1992
  2. "Feed the Tree"
    Released: January 11, 1993
  3. "Moon"
    Released: 1993
  4. "Slow Dog"
    Released: 1993

Star is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Belly, released on January 25, 1993.

Release[edit]

Star was released on January 25, 1993 and was an unexpected success. On February 21, 1994, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of at least 500,000 units.[1]

The single "Feed the Tree" became a number one hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, as well as a surprise pop hit, peaking at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the late spring of 1993.[2][3] The music video for "Feed the Tree" was a smash buzz bin MTV hit, and was nominated for Best Alternative Video VMA and Best New Artist VMA in 1993. "Slow Dog" peaked at number 17 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the summer of 1993,[4] while "Gepetto" peaked at number 8 in the late fall/winter of 1993,[5] as well as charting on the Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart for five weeks in the late fall/winter of 1993.

"Angel" is not a rerecording of the song of the same name that Tanya Donelly wrote with Throwing Muses for their 1989 album Hunkpapa.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[6]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB[8]
NME8/10[9]
The Philadelphia Inquirer3/4 stars[10]
Q4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine4.5/5 stars[14]
Spin Alternative Record Guide6/10[15]

In 1994, Star was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album, while Belly were nominated for Best New Artist.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tanya Donelly, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Someone to Die For" 2:04
2."Angel" 2:58
3."Dusted" 2:48
4."Every Word" 3:33
5."Gepetto" 3:24
6."Witch" 1:35
7."Slow Dog" 4:02
8."Low Red Moon" 5:32
9."Feed the Tree" 3:29
10."Full Moon, Empty Heart" 3:02
11."White Belly"
  • Donelly
  • Fred Abong
3:36
12."Untogether" 4:43
13."Star" 1:27
14."Sad Dress" 3:44
15."Stay" 4:56

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 65
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 2
US Billboard 200[18] 59
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[19] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[1] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American album certifications – Belly – Star". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 14, 2018.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  2. ^ Classic 45s, "Feed the Tree." ("Chart info: #95p in May, #1m in January 1993")
  3. ^ Michael Verity, "Belly And 'Star,'" WNEW.radio.com, December 14, 2011.
  4. ^ Billboard, "Modern Rock Tracks," June 5, 1993.
  5. ^ Billboard, "Modern Rock Tracks," November 27, 1993.
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Star – Belly". AllMusic. Retrieved March 7, 2006. 
  7. ^ Caro, Mark (February 25, 1993). "Belly: Star (Sire)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  8. ^ Zacharek, Stephanie (January 29, 1993). "Star". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  9. ^ Harris, John (January 23, 1993). "Alternative Ulcer" (PDF). NME. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  10. ^ Wood, Sam (March 16, 1993). "Belly: Star (Sire/Reprise)". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  11. ^ "Belly: Star". Q (78): 83. March 1993. 
  12. ^ Ransom, Kevin (April 15, 1993). "Star: Belly". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 6, 2007. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  13. ^ Sinagra, Laura (2004). "Belly". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 60. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  14. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (January 26, 2008). "Belly: Star". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  15. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Belly – Star" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "Belly Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  19. ^ "Belly Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Belly – Star". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 14, 2018.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Star in the search field and then press Enter.