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The Five Ghosts [CD]

Stars Audio CD
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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 (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Vagrant
  • ASIN: B003KNDL4G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Five Ghosts is Canadian critics' favourites Stars' fifth studio album since forming in 2000. The album was written and recorded by all five Stars members in Montreal and sees a guest appearance from Broken Social Scene and Apostle Of Hustle's Andrew Whiteman. Features the single "Fixed", with Amy Millan on lead vocals.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comforting yet challenging 19 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
In some ways Stars' albums are signposts in the life of someone growing up. Nightsongs had teenage adolesence daydreams and first stirrings of romance and coping with the feelings this arouses. Heart has the person being a little wiser, a little older but still coming to terms with how to interact with people. Set Yourself On Fire and In Our Bedroom After The War were Stars in their early twenties, full of university fervour, anger and self-discovery. And now the Five Ghosts. Stars have grown up and have found a niche for themselves. The sound and emotion evoked in this album is of a more mature person looking back with a wistful smile at their experiences of life so far and being comfortable with who they have become. There's a fair share of 80's-esque riffs (especially in Wasted Daylight and Fixed) but rather than cheesy these fit right into the mood of the songs and you find yourself humming along with no regrets. This is an album which, despite its darker undercurrent, is a very positive experience. In some ways a perfect soundtrack for exploring an old European city in the autumn or winter sunshine. Stars at their best and very much recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 29 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Very underated band - some cracking songs, and an album you keep coming back to.

Bought one CD on a whim and now have seven !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectral Delights 4 Sep 2010
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'The Five Ghosts' is a beautiful recording. Canadian band Stars have a line
of fine albums stretching back behind them to their 2001 debut 'Nightsongs'.
They have always been musicians of imagination and vision. Melody and
emotion have rarely been such comfortable bedfellows, not least because
of the magic which Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell weave together with
their fine voices.

There are eleven tracks on their new release and the title is in many ways apt.
This is haunting music. With quiet footsteps it finds its way into your heart
and just won't go away (not that one would ever want it to!) There are some
truly lovely tunes in evidence here. Within a short while you find yourself
humming or singing along despite yourself.

Opening track 'Dead Hearts' is a dialogue of questions and answers
between Mr Campbell and Ms Millan whose simple folksy charm is given
greater substance through the delightful vocal harmonies and warmth
of the consummately crafted instrumental arrangement. Enchanting!

It's the balance between thematic simplicity, textural complexity and the
ability to tell a good tale which gives the band its unique and beguiling sound.
'I Died So I Could Haunt You' is a moving little three minute drama which leaves
powerful emotional ripples in its wake. A model of compositional economy.

'He Dreams He's Awake' begins as a slow-moving dirge which finds Mr Campbell
struggling to put one foot in front of the other. The claustrophobic atmosphere
wraps around him and us like a dense grey fog . Suffocating and strange.

In contrast 'Changes' is a reassuringly pretty tune delivered with charming
dead-pan poise by a sultry Ms Millan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stars are coming of age 11 Sep 2010
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This is certainly a more crafted and produced album from Stars. Not as 'pop' as previous albums and as the title reflects slightly darker of tone. A very enjoyable listen from it's first play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stars - The Five Ghosts 23 Jun 2010
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When it comes to crafting melodramatic, cinematic pop music, Stars are in a league of their own. Though they may not have recaptured the jubilation of their career high point, Set Yourself On Fire, Stars have put together another very nice album that fits snuggly into the overarching theme of Stars music. If you've been paying attention, you'll have noticed that Stars started as a synth-heavy pop band and slowly transformed into a symphonic pop rock band, but recently they've been returning back to that first sound, as heard on their excellent Sad Robots EP, which was awash with synthesizer and distorted-beyond-recognition guitars. The Five Ghosts has continued the trend, leaving behind some of Stars signature orchestration in favor of the sound of their early-career works. However, unlike the early career in which Torquil was the primary singer, this album stands as a showcase for the incredible vocal talents of Amy Millan, who I personally think is the best female vocalist in popular music. She lives and breathes the heartbroken vocal melodies heard throughout the record, and Torq takes a backseat, providing ample vocal support but leading only a few of the eleven tracks. This is an album for Stars fans, not one designed to bring as many new ones into the fold. Not their strongest effort and sadly likely to be ignored in a year full of stellar releases, the Five Ghosts is nonetheless a record worth listening to, owning, and cherishing as part of the excellent Stars canon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stars shining 30 Jun 2010
By Ged - Published on
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Stars is probably one of the most underappreciated bands of the decade. They have produced such great albums as 'Set Yourself On Fire' or 'Heart' which have been aclaimmed by the critics, however, the audience is relatively very small these days. And I feel sorry for that because this album also proves that Stars need more fame and applause then they get.

I would begin with that this album mostly reminds me of the album 'Heart'. Which is great, in my opinion. The band stays on track and keep themselves what they really are. I would say that any of the Stars fan should not be disappointed by buying this.

However, at the first few listens the record seemed to be a little bit boring and songs alike each other. Yet I did not give up and now after listening to 'Five Ghosts' like ten times I enjoy it a lot and this album would go into my TOP album list of the year.

Anyone who is new to Stars could start with this album, because it is a little bit more pop than others and quite easily approached compared to other albums.

I might agree that this album ain't perfect, however, yet it is my soundtrack of the summer days. I believe it could be yours too. Buy it!

Key tracks:
- Dead Hearts
- Wasted Daylight
- Changes
- The Passenger
- Winter Bones
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunted by Five Ghosts 5 July 2010
By Victor Calderin - Published on
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While not an evolutionary jump from their previous work, Five Ghosts does a nice job of combining simple melodies and arrangements with direct lyrical composition to create another solid album. And, as solid for Stars means "Gold", this album does not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great mellow tunes 26 Aug 2010
By TY - Published on
I confess that I am not a die hard Stars fan as some other reviewers. I got drawn to the band after listening to "Going going gone" (what a chilling song!) and "This charming man" of Nightsongs on the radio, then recently picked up this album after listening to "The passenger" , again on the radio (Thank you KCRW!).

I just picked up "Set yourself on fire" after listening to "The five ghosts". I know I may receive death threats, but I have to say I enjoy this album more than the highly acclaimed "Set yourself on fire". Yes it's more mainstream, yes it's more "pop", but yes I found myself listening to the first 8 songs all in one sitting (and the last 3 songs are not bad... just not as catchy as the first 8).

Who cares if they switched label? Who cares if the album sounds "pop"? I'm happy as long as they are not Queen, post-Freddie Mercury era.

Oh, and I absolutely adore the electric solo bit in the middle of the both verses on "We don't want your body".
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a bizarre and beautiful little album! 19 Aug 2011
By Shannon L. Yarbrough - Published on
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I have to admit I picked this one up on a whim after an Amazon recommendation, and I'm so glad I did! I'd never listened to them before, but I am always anxious for new music that isn't Top 40. This album definitely delivered and I'm in love with them now.

This is a bizarre, morbid little album with haunting lyrics in songs like Dead Hearts and I Died So I Could Haunt You. And sometimes the music is equally eerie. I love the charm of the lead male and female vocalists - but sometimes the music sounded a bit loud and over powering.

My favorite tune has to be #7 - Changes. I can listen to it over and over again and I never get tired of it. The lyric and vocal really shine through here.

Since I'm not familiar with the group before this album, I can only suggest this to newcomers looking for something different, but I definitely plan to search out some of the group's older stuff now.
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