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Fortress of Solitude

by James D. Stark

Dark romantic synthpop
Genre: Pop: New Romantic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dying Beauty
4:25 $0.99
2. Need
5:13 $0.99
3. A Long Time Ago, In a Land Far Away
1:58 $0.99
4. Chance
5:14 $0.99
5. Halo
3:42 $0.99
6. Tears in the Dark
4:48 $0.99
7. Mists
2:55 $0.99
8. Home
4:43 $0.99
9. Sole Desire
4:34 $0.99
10. King
5:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
Fortress of Solitude marks the transition from Stark's gothic trance & ethereal works into the realm of synthpop and darkwave. His alluring and enchanting voice brings a new level of artistry into the music that maintains the level of intimacy brought about by composing and producing the entire project on his own.


"Delivers a heart-warming compassionate electronic synth-pad solace."
- Chain D.L.K. http://www.chaindlk.com

"An amazing blend of synth-pop and darkwave created by a dedicated, dark, musician who has reinvented his sound."
- Grave Concerns E-zine

"Despite the use of electronic instruments the album sounds pleasant warmth and authentic which is intensified by his serene singing."
- SynthPoP For The Masses http://www.synthpop.at



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Maynard, J.E.

Something new
I was impressed by this CD. I will look forward to hearing more from this artist

Jeffrey Duerr

What An Addiction!
Even though James D. Stark changed music styles somewhat on this album, there is no worry. As Mr. Stark has proved on this album that he can sing very hauntingly and be able to change styles of music like an chameleon. As you listen to FOS or the other two James D. Stark albums you just can't help think of the talent he possesses and what the (Already) bright future might be for him. As of the songs, all of them again are great. Cheers for the great "Depeche Mode" remake of "Halo" from "Violator". As Martin L. Gore is also my favorite composer, Mr. Stark may be up there soon too (Depeche Mode is the only band/singer ever to make three or more studio albums in which I like the whole album). As now I wait in total anticipation for Music of The Night to get here (Hopefully) today.


Darkwave melody that has some deep emotional life in the songs
Great album/CD that has a dark new romantic air that is very new and unique.


Beautiful dark synthpop
I bought this CD at one of Stark's live gigs. It has hardly left my CD players ever since. The keyboards are soothing and compelling at the same time as are Stark's vocals. The drum lines give the music an energetic quality without being overly dancey. Most of the tracks are of the dark romantic variety, and the lyrics get a little melodramatic in one or two spots. Despite that, the music is so well-crafted that you won't want to go cry in your beverage of choice after hearing it (but you might want to go play the CD a few more times). Fans of '80s Depeche Mode would love Fortress of Solitude, and not just because Stark features a brilliant cover of "Halo" on it. A highly worthwhile addition to any synthpop fan's collection!


Love It!
Love your remake of Halo. *Cheers*


Spitzen Goth
Endlich mal was tolles! Ein gut aussehnder Mann, der es dazu noch versteht Spitze zu singen. Sollte man allerdings auch in Deutschland kaufen können. Und vor allem, der gute Mann sollte auch mal nach Deutschland kommen!


dark sensual and amazingly felt
James D.Stark fortress of solitude is very intense ride into your deepest thoughts and dreams. There is much talent and decidcation put into this album and is much enjoyed. Thank you


Beautiful and Elegantly Dark
This album is incredible. I was blown away at Stark's impressive piano/keyboard skills and arrangements. There was not one track that I did not enjoy. This is truly one of those albums that you'll listen to all the way through. His vocals are sensual and haunting, and the music itself takes the listener through the artists emotions. "A Picture is worth a thousand words" Well, if songs were worth a thousand words, and some are, then this album would have an indefinite supply of words...infinity. Stark's romantic, darkwave style is some of the best I have heard in the synthpop circles. What more can I say, but buy the album you will not regret it.

Candy Inman

LOVE this cd! Its dark, warm, passionate, & dark some more..

Doc Mongoose-bushuraloser.com

So full of emotion and life... leaves you subdued in its' wake
This is music of the highest calibre.There is no gothic morbidity here, rather a purgeing celebration of life and its emotion. Welcome joy , welcome sorrow. Fortress of Solitude exudes LIFE.
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