It may be hard to believe initially but perhaps one of the groups to come closest to the Cocteau Twins' greatness hail from Milwaukee. They have the pre-requisites to afford comparisons with the Scottish trio; a twin guitar assault, cavernous production quality and a vocalist in Maria Miller, who doesn't quite have the range of Liz Frazer (in fairness, who does?) but has a strong enough presence to avoid being swamped by the effects happening around her. With only seven tracks on the album the lack of quantity is certainly made up for in quality whether it be Miller's swooping and soaring vocals on 'Petal Wind', the Slowdive-like 'Wasted' or the sheer melodic brilliance of 'Your Silent Movie' and 'Truly Sadly', it's all quite intoxicating stuff. It's not perfect of course, with a couple of tracks seemingly running out of ideas before they reach their conclusion (the semi-grungy but otherwise anthemic 'Tasha' and the final track 'Deafening Summer') but 'Stellar' still manages to give dreampop a name to be proud of.