Work on In Space started last year at Memphis' Ardent Studios, home of the band's Seventies recordings. Tracks such as "February's Quiet," "Best Chance We've Ever Had" and "Lady Sweet" recall the classic Big Star sound of Beatles-influenced melodies, Byrds-like harmonies and loose garage rock. A few surprises on the album include the upbeat disco-funk of "Love Revolution" and the stirring soul number "Mine Exclusively." "There are fascinating things on the record," says Stephens. "I don't think there's ever a dull moment. This record has a great sense of humor about it."
Chilton was the guiding force during the recording sessions, at times favoring a rougher take of a song over a more polished version, as with "Do You Wanna Make It." "He would hear stuff on an earlier take that made me cringe at first," Stringfellow remembers, "and then he'd say, 'No, you should listen to this. It doesn't matter -- it's got great energy.' He's got a really good ear for hearing the most natural and interesting stuff that's happening in the studio."
Is there any possibility at all that Big Star has a good album left in them?