"DLDown's style is a bit hard to pin down. Its unique, experimental, familiar, confident and a bunch of other things. Jo plays and layers in multiple instruments as well as vocals to create a sound that is fresh and deeply woven. Annoyingly it is also full of incredibly catchy tunes that will stick with you long after they should (for the sake of your sanity). [...] For much of the last year DLDown has been silent but its good to see it back again and the break only seems to have improved the material and its presentation. The words on the songs are edgier, more challenging, the presentation of the CD album slicker and Jo, both on track and live on stage, comes over as just that little bit more seasoned and confident. If you have the time (or even if you don't) download/purchase/buy/sell your kidneys and get a hold of a copy of AHMTS - a perfect trade."
Gavin Merrifield, New Life From Old (full review at www.jesusandthescientist.co.uk/2009/11/also-he-made-stars-album-review.html
"DLDown make a thoughtful, complex noise and there is much to admire here. Wilson is not averse lyrically to tackling deep issues such as God's sovereignty over creation in the light of current global environmental concerns ("Economology"), intimate wrestling over the choice to stay in sin rather than take the 'escape route' offered by grace through faith ("Romans 7"), and the frustrations of an unfulfilling devotional life ("Left To My Own Devices"). A particular musical and thematic high water mark is "Icarus", which deftly adapts the famous Greek myth about an impetuous youth who ignores a wise father's advice and flies too close to the sun, using it as a metaphor for our own rebellion against our heavenly Father... The production values are superior throughout, more than adequately showcasing Wilson's talents... a very strong album with much to recommend it."
Paddy Hudspith, Cross Rhythms (full review at www.crossrhythms.co.uk/products/DLDown/Also_He_Made_The_Stars/86713/
"Your lyrics are exceptional... your understanding of our desire for the perfection we can never deliver is extraordinary. It is wonderful to hear these songs live, and I'll treasure your albums on my iPod. Thank you for delivering such thought-provoking songs with such lovely melodies."
"I've never seen anyone use all their acoustic guitar to quite the full effect that Jo does."
Grace Note Showers (AHMTS launch gig review at gracenoteshowers.blogspot.com/2009/11/also-he-made-stars.html
"...your lyrics are always very thoughtful and obviously your style refreshingly different. Liking the crazier synths this time as well..."
released October 24, 2009
℗ 2009 DLDown. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised broadcasting, public performance, copying or re-recording will constitute an infringement of copyright. That said, feel free to ask...
All sounds by Jo Wilson except:
Tim Buick: alto sax on The Turning Song; soprano sax on You Come Running
Fiona Earl: alto sax on Lilies & Sparrows
Lorna Maciver: backing vocals on Economology and Hide & Seek; vocals on Amazing Grace section of You Come Running
Iain McIntyre: backing vocals on Economology and Romans 7
Jack Wilson: backing vocals on Economology and Romans 7
All artwork by Jo Wilson except:
booklet front page: photograph of Scorpius constellation courtesy of and © Stéphane Guisard (www.astrosurf.com/sguisard
booklet back page: inverted detail of ‘Light in the Heavens’ painted by Peter Gray
Also, He Made the Stars... was recorded, adjusted, mixed, mastered, and endlessly mucked about with by Jo Wilson at various times between September 2007 and September 2009. Particular thanks to Hugh Beauchamp for mixing and mastering assistance, and for teaching me about compressors, buses and various twiddly knobs in Logic.
Thanks to: all the contributors mentioned above; Peter Moles for use of his saxophones; Sam & Claire Wilson for use of Sam’s bass and for proof-listening feedback; Karl Martin for inadvertently pointing out the album title; Jenny for all her love and support and for letting me spend so much time on this project; the Starmaker for letting me be his friend.
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