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The Comeback - EP

Stars

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Album Review

Don't call it The Comeback, they've been here for...well, not years exactly, but Stars earned such uniformly strong reviews for the cosmopolitan synth-pop of their debut LP Nightsongs that the title of this follow-up EP seems more than a little tongue-in-cheek. Ironic, really, given the darker, more ominous approach this time out — the harmonies of Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan are still radiant, but the lyrics are far more sinister, especially on the creepy stalker narrative "Violent." Conversely, "The Aspidistra Files" is utterly beautiful, a lush piano ballad evoking of all things early Bee Gees, a nod intimating a far vaster worldview than the Smiths/New Order homages of the debut would have suggested. Despite its brevity, a major step forward.

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Biography

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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