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on 8 March 2006
It's all about Canada right now isn't it? Without naming names (*cough* get Funeral NOW *cough*), if you're looking for multi-layered, heart-felt, intelligent indie then the True North is the place to turn to. Stars are one of a multitude of bands struggling for recognition outside their home country, and have achieved a modicum of success with the absolutely fantastic "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead", mostly thanks to those lovably manicured rogues on the OC.
If you're looking for more of the same, then the rest of the album won't disappoint; two exceptional vocalists weave tales of personal, unconditional love in and out of violins and surprising bursts of synths, making for an arresting listen. The Big Fight is a soul meltdown, whilst the ghostly One More Night blows away on its own feathery lust.
However, I do think this album is somewhat overrated. Nothing matches up to Your Ex-Lover Is Dead, and there's a fair amount of filler; tracks like What I'm Trying To Say and Reunion drift by pleasantly but without leaving a mark. Half-way through Calender Girl, I was suddenly and horribly reminded of Evanescence. Surprisingly perhaps, the band's two stabs at politics aren't half as bad. Bush-baiting He Lied About Death contains the brilliant line "I hope your drunken daughters are gay", lost in a fog of hissing keyboards and feedback. Celebration Guns is a bit ho-hum, but the gentle simplicity of the lyric and arrangement win the day.
The general impression Set Yourself On Fire leaves you with is of a band that with a bit more thrust could become something really special. Keep watching the stars eh? You might get lucky.