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[New release]Stars

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Stars

The title of this latest offering from this Canadian indie band adequately summarizes the major themes of its songs: public demonstrations, senseless violence and finding comfort despite the turmoil outside. But Stars romanticizes war by describing the emotional impact of upheaval and conflict.
Stars effectively demonstrates their fantastic musical diversity here, ranging from the electronica-heavy “The Night Starts Here,” the groovy, ’70s-inspired “My Favorite Book,” or the acoustic, pared-down “In Our Bedroom After the War.” The band is best when it utilizes all of its available elements: large vocal parts for both singers Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell, powerful instrumentals and full use of experimental modern sound. When parts of the equation go missing, as in “Barricade,” Campbell sounds nasal, melodramatic and weak as he sings solo and bores listeners with hackneyed lyrics. But lyrics were never Stars’ strong suit and this disc’s roaring instrumentals and wailing vocals are more than good enough to make “In Our Bedroom” a wicked good time.
By Hannah Bae

Stars
“In Our Bedroom After the War”
Label: Arts & Crafts
Genre: Indie

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