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Album Review

Stars reveal an obsession with stylish '80s rock on Nightsongs; the most obvious evidence is the band's cover of the Smiths' "This Charming Man." But that doesn't mean the Montréal group's debut sounds like it's from that decade. Drawing equally from new wave and the sophisticated electronic pop of acts such as Saint Etienne and Momus, Stars make every note painfully romantic. Even the vocals make a song about "stars on the ceiling" or words like "motherf*cking" sound innocent and respectable. Several guest musicians and vocalists contribute to Nightsongs (including labelmate Kendall Jane Meade of Mascott), resulting in a chamber pop ensemble comprised of keyboards, horns, and strings. Positively charming.

Customer Reviews


This album is rather new to me, even though it was released in 2001. I was pretty much stuck on "Heart" and "Set yourself on fire". After downloading this and immediately listening, i was in love. Its been years but Stars keeps a genuine sound. The album carries such a romantic feel, I do not feel the album is completely solid but im more into the catchier songs. "The very thing" is by far my top song off this album, makes me feel many different emotions. A definate must have. As are all the stars albums.

very good

Very good. Stars knows how to be amazingly explicit in a subtle way. Almost as good as "Set Yourself on Fire". Get Going, Going, Gone and This Charming man, two great songs.

Relaxing Indie

very nice...good and relaxing......


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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