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The wait is over and Canada’s most revered indie troop, STARS, return with their fifth full-length album, The Five Ghosts, available June 22. Five Ghosts marks the first release on the band’s new label imprint Soft Revolution Records licensed everywhere around the world except Canada through Vagrant Records .

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  • Audio CD (8 Mar 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Arts and Crafts
  • ASIN: B00061F8M8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
2. Set Yourself On Fire
3. Ageless Beauty
4. Reunion
5. The Big Fight
6. What I'm Trying To say
7. One More Night
8. Sleep Tonight
9. The First Five Times
10. He Lied About Death
11. Celebration Guns
12. Soft Revolution
13. Calendar Girl

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By futureman24 on 4 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
'Set Yourself on Fire' is going to be one of those albums that slips past most people. Unless you're listening to alternative music stations all day or watching MTV2 at 2 in the morning, there's little evidence of thier existence outside of a website (kind enough to let you listen to the album) and the CD itself.
What a lot of people are going to miss out on is a band who are effortlessly charming, easy to like and despite quite a large number of stumbles along the way, have produced an album that is easily worth buying.
If you're looking for a comparison as far as other bands go then they're probably closest to the Dears in that they're shamelessly grandiose and emotional but also in some of the songs structures and instrumentation.
Where Stars often trip up on 'Set Yourself...' is on the issues of vocals and verses. What quickly becomes apparent is that the band are great at writing choruses, but struggle from time to time with the verse of a song. This is why tracks like 'Ageless Beauty', 'Celebration Guns' and 'Your ex lover is dead' work so well as they avoid the traditional 'verse chorus verse' structure. However, even when the band flounder a little on the verse of a track like 'What I'm trying to say', they have the chorus to make the whole experience worthwhile.
The two voices are used to varying degrees of sucess. For a start Amy Millan's voice is beautiful, fragile and has a kind of warmth that makes you want to skip to the tracks that she takes the lead on. When her voice is too soft to carry off a chorus, fellow vocalist Torquil Campbell often gives it some weight but he never over powers her or vice versa it's in this little trick when the band sound strongest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Mantin on 6 Sep 2005
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Stars' second UK album (previous effort 'Heart' is also recommended) is a minor indie-pop masterpiece, boasting luscious tunes delivered by two genuinely beautiful voices in Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan. It works best when the two are together as characters, as on opener 'Your Ex-Lover Is Dead' which recalls 'Nothing Better' by the much-loved Postal Service. They're excellent lyricists, too, possessing the ability to hide dark themes under shiny pop songs, like on the pretty title track which contains the lyric, "In a cancer ward where the patients sit/Waiting patiently to die".
Two of Stars' members are also in experimental collective Broken Social Scene, so obviously they pitch in a few successful stabs at being different from the typical gentle indie strummers: tracks like 'What I'm Trying To Say' are propelled by stabby keyboards rather than guitars, and BSS bassist Evan Cranley constantly steals the show with the kind of catchy bassline that could be found on the Scene's classic album 'You Forgot It In People'. 'Set Yourself On Fire' could see Stars jostling with The Arcade Fire as the best band of the Montreal indie scene.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BJ on 25 July 2007
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The reviews below are spot on. I don't know how I missed this the first time around. To my ear it sounds kind of like Arcade Fire being produced by My Bloody Valentine. It combines the soaring harmonies and melodies of the former with the blissed-out, fuzzy warmth of the latter. The stand-out tracks are probably Ageless Beauty and Your Ex-Lover, but there is no drop off in quality through the whole set. In fact, the songs work beautifully together, with a lot of different sounds and textures going on, while making a perfectly formed whole. In particular, the perfect boy/girl harmonie provide a common thread which links everything together. A really beautiful record.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FrankGouldPI on 23 April 2006
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This is a lovely album, in a sense of the word that is rarely used. I didn't find it through the OC, but bought it on something of a mad impulse, as it was recommended by a character in a webcomic (Shelley Winters). I'm glad I did. The opening track is utterly amazing, and you will be singing it for a long time. The other highlights are the unexpectedly dark 'One More night', the insanely catchy 'I am trying to say', and the anarchicly hopeful 'soft revolutio'. An album for dreamers who loudly refuse to completely grow up.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rob Telford on 10 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
Have you ever wondered whether it is possible to fit all of your favourite musical styles and genres into one neat little package of an album? I have, and when I first heard this CD in full yesterday, I realised that this was the album that did it for me.
Instead of relying on the past or post-modern quirkiness to sell their music, Montreal's Stars seem to exude a warmth and guile that allows them to mould their work into a thinking person's guide to all that is important in post-2000 indie/alternative rock.
Ageless Beauty is the undoubted poetic gem, but the political statement of Celebration Guns, the closet theological ramifications of He Lied About Death, and the beautiful album closer Calendar Girl are all about stretching the boundaries of what sound and poetry can combine to create.
This is an absolute must-have album for anyone who has any interest in the future of rock and roll and its progenitors.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Sep 2005
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Any band that uses trumpet, trombone, French horn, glockenspiel, violin, viola, cello on top of the more traditional bass, guitars, keyboards etc are likely to grab my attention. It shows imagination, ideas and ambition. True it could be used as cover for a lack of any decent songs but thankfully Stars don't have that problem Indeed their problem is incorporating the wealth of ideas and textures into a coherent whole but Stars mange to virtuousically manipulate and manage virtually every song on Set Yourself On Fire into something to admire and more importantly enjoy.
There's quite a range of styles wedged into this albums thirteen tracks. First track "Your Ex Lover Is Dead" is a baroque chamber pop wonder with melancholy strings groaning like pensioners in a bus queue. The title track audaciously segues from a synth led arpeggio with anxious crisp percussion to a lilting piano led mood piece with spectral vocals. Then third track "Ageless Beauty" surprises by virtue of being straight up power pop. Superior power pop though, with some glorious creamy smooth vocals by Amy Millan. Co-vocalist Torquil Campbell takes over for "Reunion" whose lilting string led choral majesty recalls The Pernice Brothers at their very best. "The Big Fight" sees the two vocalist's duet on a not altogether unsuccessful foray into jazzier slouching ballad territory. This song too changes tone into an instrumental complete with squelches and trills of subtle electronica. "What I'm Trying to Say" is bright and breezy and would be slightly throwaway were it not for the added depth given by the brass led backing. "One More Night" uses the strings like great lost band Rex to achieve a rapturous splendour on its breakdown.
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