Producer - Myles Mangino
Assistant Producer - Nathaniel Smalley
Chief of Operations - David C. Holt
Mixed and Mastering - Myles Mangino
Legal - Alexander Ross
Special Envoy - Rich Murray
Art Direction - Samatha K Pennacchio
Design Assistance - Adrian Powell
All songs written by Mark Mulcahy (2013 Paymarx Music) except 1, 5. 8, 16 and 19 by Mark Mulcahy and Mr. Ray Neal
Noel Murray at the A.V.Club
"...Miracle Legion/Polaris frontman Mark Mulcahy had some minor success in the ’80s and ’90s college-rock scene, and has become a respected if low-selling solo act over the past decade. Ciao My Shining Star is a tribute album designed to throw a little money Mulcahy’s way (to compensate for some recent personal troubles), but it’s also an effort to draw attention to a songwriter not enough people know. Given that, what’s odd about the record is how far the recordings deviate from the Mulcahy originals. Thom Yorke kicks off Ciao with a skittery glitch-pop version of Miracle Legion’s “All For The Best,” which is followed by The National’s glum, ominous take on Polaris’ “Ashamed Of The Story I Told,” then Michael Stipe’s abstracted, electronic “Everything’s Coming Undone.” The essence of the songs remain, but they don’t have a lot in common with the bright jangle and winsome vocals familiar to most of Mulcahy’s compositions. But that’s okay. Other acts—such as Josh Rouse, Autumn Defense, and Juliana Hatfield—hew closer to the source material. And as odd as it may be to hear Dinosaur Jr. (a Miracle Legion contemporary!) lumber through a loud country-rock version of the previously genteel “The Backyard,” it’s heartening that so many diverse musicians have found a connection to a colleague whose work has perpetually fallen through the cracks of the industry. Now how about a Miracle Legion reissue project?"
Andrew Clayman at PASTE (8/10)
"...All-star tributes are too rarely bestowed upon those most in need of recognition. Mark Mulcahy’s long overdue moment in the sun is a bittersweet one, as Ciao My Shining Star adapts the veteran singer/songwriter’s outstanding back catalog largely into a poignant memorial to his wife, Melissa, who died tragically last year.
With Mulcahy (Miracle Legion, Polaris) left to care for his three-year-old twin daughters alone, an impressive lineup of alt-rock luminaries joined forces for this diverse and frequently moving benefit album. Stepping up are A-List admirers Thom Yorke, Michael Stipe and The National, who frontload the compilation with intense, shadowy takes on Mulcahy’s comparatively warm, intimate originals. Appropriately, though, it’s the less-celebrated contributors who do the man’s songs the most justice—Vic Chesnutt’s “Little Man” and Frank Turner’s passionate “The Quiet One” stand out. Twenty-nine additional tracks, including contributions from A.C. Newman and Laura Veirs, are also available for purchase online."