on 30 May 2003
This is a lovely collection of songs from a band of "incurable romantics". In the beginning of the first track the members of the band introduce themselves: "I am Evan and this is my Heart. I am Amy and this is my Heart. I am Chris and this is my Heart. I am Torq and this is my Heart." And after that they rapidly capture my heart with their beautiful melodies. Listen to 'What The Snowman Learned About Love', 'Elevator Love Letter' or 'The vanishing' and you will understand.
The voices of singer/guitarist Amy Millan and singer Torquil Campbell mix perfectly and the muisc is soft and somehow comforting in a cruel world. But the comfort is deceptive - listen to the lyrics and you will hear "tales of longing and loss: suppressed workplace crushes, long-distance-relationship frustrations, domesticity-dulled seven-year itchers, and husbands abandoning unsuspecting wives in airports to take flight to new lives". (Stuart Berman, eye - 02.13.03).
Stars influences include The Smiths, Saint Etienne and New Order.
on 10 May 2003
I heard one track from this album ("Elevator Love Letter") on late-night radio; the very next day I ordered it, and I'm very glad I did.
The CD has basically been on repeat since I got it - because it is one of the most beautiful records I've ever heard.
Stand-out tracks are "Elevator Love Letter", the title track, and "Romantic Comedy", but there are no duds on the album at all. Each track is elegantly crafted, but still emotional and honest. Lyrics are thoughtful, ranging from the strange ("A gypsy told my fortune so I told her hers / I said "you'll die in the mountains wrapped in silver furs"") to the sublime ("Don't walk away then turn and say I love you anyway / I never ever want to see you 'til our wedding day").
The vocals of Amy Millan are dreamily captivating; Torquil Campbell's yearning and beautiful.
If you want an album that will leave you smiling at the ceiling, this is it.
I'm now searching for more!
on 1 March 2006
if there was any justice in the world Stars would be the sort of band topping the charts. everyone deserves to hear this band.
first heard them on late night radio with 'Your Ex Lover Is Dead' and then i had to seek them out.
this album is just full of 11 beautiful love songs, never sentimental. the music is simple and warm and the singers compliment each other perfectly. these are songs to fall in and out of love to. everyone can enjoy Stars, and this album is the best place to start.