As was the case with Sarah Shannon's two solo albums (a self titled debut in 2002 and City Morning Song five years later), her first post-Velocity Girl venture, Starry Eyes, was met with precious little fanfare. It's a shame, because with VG alumni Jim Spellman (on guitars) and Kelly Riles (bass) in tow, along with percussionist Nick Pellicciotto, the D.C.-era quartet brought forth a taut ep of straight-laced guitar pop. Perhaps not as sophisticated as VG's last couple of albums, the leaner tendencies of Starry Eyes ably suit the four songs ensconced within. Shannon penned "Getting Over My Surprise" (featuring special-guest guitarist, Brian Baker of all folks!), with Spellmen composing the remaining three. As far as I know, this disk was Starry Eyes opening salvo, and for better or worse, parting shot.
03. Getting Over My Surprise