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Album Review

In Our Bedroom After the War may prove that Torquil Campbell would be better off orchestrating Broadway show tunes instead of playing the part of an indie pop frontman. The titular song that ends Stars' fourth album is a heavily layered theatrical production laced with birds singing and bells ringing as Campbell's relationship culminates with a choir of voices and a massive symphonic crescendo. Campbell and crew are striving for a bigger-is-better formula, watering down the majority of their rock sensibilities with heavily layered chamber pop and this makes for a mixed bag. While some of Stars' best songs appear on this record, others are performed with such an overstated bravado that it renders them too sour to digest. "Personal" is a character-driven melodramatic ditty that chronicles a protagonist who places a newspaper ad and is stood up because she is too obese. Two schmaltzy piano ballads feature Campbell delivering his best imitation of Morrissey covering Elton John, in a manner of campy crooning that could easily be interpreted as pomposity. With the exception of those decadent stinkers, and a few mediocre numbers, Campbell and Amy Milan churn out some of their best work and harmonize soothingly throughout. One of their most instantly catchy singles "Take Me to the Riot" capitalizes on a snappy hook vaguely reminiscent of Ned's Atomic Dustbin's "Grey Cell Green," and sits well alongside the candy-covered Rhodes and orchestral flavored breakbeat of "My Favorite Book," which could fit on a greatest-hits record by the Cardigans. The themes of sweet, sweet lost heartbreak are still evident, and the enhanced sheen makes the material sound more like contemporary easy listening music than ever. Since the group is on the Arts & Crafts label (home to Broken Social Scene), they can still be described as indie, but they're just barely holding on to that credibility. While it wouldn't be surprising to hear Set Yourself on Fire while shopping at Urban Outfitters, this album seems ideal for The Gap. As a whole, the band sounds tighter than ever, and if they continue down this road, and keep inflating their production like a balloon, there's a danger that they could easily go pop. Until then, keep your head up, there's no need to reach into their back catalog just yet. [Also released with bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

Good album, great band

While Midnight Coward doesn’t live up to the same wonderful boy-girl back and forth that Your Ex-Lover is Dead did, the Smiths-esque tune “Take me to the Riot” and Torq’s falsetto in “The Ghost of Genova Heights” are great tracks that wouldn’t be misplaced on an 80s mix. Where Set Yourself On Fire showcased the use of strings in One More Night, this time the piano takes the starring role in tracks Barricade and In Our Bedroom After the War. Once again, it’s Amy’s incredible vocals that is the highlight of the album - all in all, a solid effort from the band. Thanks to the band for releasing the album early on iTunes for those of us who’ve been eagerly anticipating its release.

These Stars still Shine

Let me ask: how do you match the fragile brilliance of Set Yourself on Fire, Stars' last album? You don't. We've all said that it cannot be imitated, and Stars obviously knows it; 'In Our Bedroom After the War' is different, but still beautiful and still worth it for fans and new listeners alike. While SYOF was striking and haunting and emotional, 'In Our Bedroom' is more subtle, sweeter, almost calmer--a post-struggle cuddle; the pillow talk following an exciting night. Torq and Amy are as beautiful as ever--especially on 'Personal', a haunting revisit of the back-and-forth conversations that made 'Set Yourself on Fire' unique--and their voices are still as dark and seductive and gorgeous as ever. Stars continues to be one of the best things about being a Canadian, and they have created an album that leaves me breathless. 'In Our Bedroom After the War' may not match 'Set Yourself on Fire', but to be honest, it doesn't have to. You need look no further than the album art to understand the music within; muted but with the occasional splash of colour; peaceful with the fading echoes of past turmoils; not quite resolved but not quite dissonant, just peacefully in between. Beautiful.

Great Album, But No "Set Yourself on Fire"

Now, it would be a lie for me to say that this album was a not little bit of a letdown. Instead of the gorgeous orchestral music they perfected on their masterful "Set Yourself On Fire," Stars turn now to piano ballads and 80s synth-pop, with a couple of songs sounding so authentic, I could just imagine myself back in '83 sitting around in my diapers listening to top-40 radio. The amazing thing, though, is that the record is incredibly enjoyable - I guess if anyone can turn me on to Snyth-Pop, it would be Stars. Other than that, this album has a very optimistic, relaxing feel to it, as if, as the title suggests, us listeners are relaxing in a comfortable bedroom after emerging from an extended struggle, which makes it a great follow-up to "Set Yourself on Fire's" war-mongering tracks like "He Lied About Death" and "Soft Revolution."


Formed: 2001 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Sharing a fondness for sophisticated soul and pop artists like the Smiths, New Order, and Marvin Gaye, vocalist Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligman formed Stars in Toronto. Along with friends Evan Cranley (also of Big Rude Jake) and Amy Millan (who contributed to the soundtrack for the film Drowning Mona), the band relocated to New York City before returning to Canada, this time settling in Montreal. Their debut full-length, Nightsongs, was released in early 2001 on Le Grand Magistery,...
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