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In Our Bedroom After the War

StarsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arts & Crafts
  • ASIN: B000UZ4EFM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On September 25, Stars will release their fourth studio album, In Our Bedroom After The War. It's Stars' most confident and compelling work to date, an album that showcases the seven years of experience they share as a band. It was recorded at the Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, BC and mixed by Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, The Shins, Morrissey). For a limited time, In Our Bedroom After The War will include a bonus DVD featuring a 55-minute documentary of Stars' live performances and interviews while touring Set Yourself on Fire.

Montreal's Stars are certainly a theatrical bunch (and not just because co-frontman Torquil Campbell is also an actor). Their passionate delivery of love and breakup songs--often sung dialogue-style between male frontman Campbell and female lead Amy Millan--is a compelling combination of musicianship and dramatic intensity. In Our Bedroom After the War is similar in style to Set Yourself on Fire--albeit a little gentler and more intimate in tone--capturing the many varied elements that Stars do best. "Midnight Coward" begins with Millan's gentle voice singing "sweetness never suits me," then eventually expands into an abundant, symphonic-sounding conclusion. "The Ghost of Genova Heights" features co-vocalist Torquil Campbell evoking a Scissor Sisters funkiness, which may surprise some fans. "My Favourite Book" is a bright, sunny spot showcasing Millan's penchant for smooth, silky jazz-pop a la Morcheeba or The Style Council. Throughout, the group remains poets-cum-performers--topics range from love between political protestors ("Barricade") to emotive hook-up attempts between personal-ad users ("Personal"), always done with lush musicianship that's often Moulin Rouge-esque at its core. Note to diehard fans: the limited-edition version of the disc is well worth the investment, featuring a captivating hour-long DVD that is part travelogue, part interview, and is filled with impressive clips from live shows throughout Europe and North America. --Denise Sheppard

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hope in Darkness September 25, 2007
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I can remember where I was the first time I heard Stars. I was at my mundane little office job enjoying some internet radio when suddenly, amongst the typical and expected, came a song that immediately distracted me from the job I was supposed to be doing. It was not only beautiful, but touching, catchy, and - dare i say - perfect. The song was "Heart," the title track from Stars' 2003 breakout album. The song stuck with me, but I never really pursued my interest in the band. One day, about a year and a half later, I was in my local record store looking for something to buy. For some reason (providence, really), I thought of Stars, a band I hadn't heard in months. But the store didn't have any copies of "Heart," only their new album, "Set Yourself On Fire." Hmm? I wasn't sure. I scanned the barcode on the CD and previewed the first song on the album, "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead." I've been a Stars fan ever since. Their entire catalog is filled with effortless pop masterpieces, featuring brilliant songwriting, poignant imagery, and stellar production. Needless to say, my expectations for "In Our Bedroom After the War" were high. I am thrilled to say that I am not disappointed.

Stars albums have the habit of starting things off with an audio sample of a quote that typically reflects the title and mood of the album to follow. This one is no different. After a 2-minute synth introduction (reminiscent of "What the Snowman Learned About Death"), the voice of a older woman, audibly weathered by the years of her life, rises. She asks, "All the blood and the treasure and the losing it all, the time that we wasted and the place where we fall; will we wake in the morning and know what it was for up in our bedroom after the war?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You're my favorite book September 26, 2007
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The Canadian indiepop band Stars has never had a problem with crafting sad songs with shimmery music and pretty vocals, and this has definitely not changed in "In Our Bedroom After The War."

In fact, their fourth full-length album takes that tendency even further. Instead of a string of individual songs, it's a musical-style sequence of songs that seem to be about the sorrows of life and live during a war. With, of course, with lots of lush indiepop and murmury vocals.

It opens with a slow-building electropop tune that isn't quite catchy enough to make you pay attention. That is reserved for the swirling, dreamlike ballad "The Night Starts Here," a simple song with moments of insight ("You name your child/After your fear/And tell them/"I have brought you here").

Fortunately the songs that follow take after the latter than the former -- shimmery keyboard tunes, driving guitar-filled powerpop, exquisitely flickering ballads, and the discoey flavour of "Ghost of Genova Heights." Don't be fooled by its upbeat sound -- the concept is perhaps the most depressing one that Stars has ever done.

The album does stumble a bit in the second lap, with the warbly "Barricade" and forgettable "Window Bird," but fortunately it picks up after that. There's a brief spurt of colourful indie-rock, and swirling ballads, ending with the mellow, retrospective title track. It's a fitting finale, and saves the album from being TOO depressing.

On the first listen, "In Our Bedroom After the War" is basically the kind of chamberpop the band has been making for ages. Musically, much the same as their past work, save for a couple songs ("Bitches in Tokyo") where they dabble in new sounds.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Samilly
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As someone that's been casually listening to Stars since the time of their release of "Set Yourself on Fire", I was actually initially hesitant to purchase this album. It was a long ten minute debate (yes, ten minutes is a long time to be debating with yourself) on whether I should buy "In Our Bedroom After the War" or just go with "Heart". I don't have either, and I've actually heard some of the songs off of "Heart", where as before buying, I had never heard a full song off of IOBATW. Anyway, I took a chance and purchased this. I have to say, I'm not sorry at all. In fact, I think I've found a new album to obsess over for a few weeks!

This album is a story. It has a very, err, musical feel to it. With each song, I can picture this ongoing story with characters expressing their point of views through singing. On first listening, it's good. On second listening, it's addictive ... which leads to third and fourth listenings!

The intro song, "The Beginning After the End" is a nice start. It's a nice beginning after the end. The song is a little short and doesn't have any lyrics (until the end), but it's a lovely, slow song that gives off a pensive feel.

Next is "The Night Starts Here", which I adore. I feel like this song belongs to a musical. I'm not even a big fan of musicals myself, but I can just picture this song belonging. It starts off very slow and low-beat, but then builds and ends up being quite catchy. I love the tones to Amy's voice.

"Take Me to the Riot" is also musical-like, though I don't particularly feel a connection to this song. It's kind of a throwaway track, in my opinion. It's certainly not skip-worthy, but it's by far not the best on the album. I'd actually say it's on the lower end.

"My Favourite Book" is terribly clever.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Still a great album. I listen to it regularly, even 5+ years later. Take Me to the Riot, The Night Starts Here, My Favourite Book, and Personal are all excellent tracks, and I... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hannah Allison
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Band you've never of
I was loaned this cd, by my girlfriend, she told me she bought it in a bargain bin cheap so I had low expectations of the quality of this album. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sister Madly
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful album.
i own all of Star's albums, including Sad Robots EP. This is one of my favourite albums by them. Amy Millan's breathy voice enchants the mind in My Favourite Book. Read more
Published on August 27, 2010 by Rae Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beguiling
It's just awesome. Forget the Arcade Fire. This is the real thing - unpretentious, blissful pop. "Take Me To The Riot" is simply on of the best indie songs I've heard in years. Read more
Published on July 31, 2009 by Andrew Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars She loved it
I got this for a Stars/Indie friend of mine and she loved it. I like the covering/ no stupid jewel case to break and bust.
Published on January 28, 2009 by TG
4.0 out of 5 stars They really are Stars
Stars is the best band that I had never heard of until this year. I now own all their albums, including their strange little release SAD ROBOTS from November 2008. Read more
Published on December 26, 2008 by Nathan Beauchamp
4.0 out of 5 stars Allegro, non troppo
For Stars, the nineties never happened. All members have metabolized the two pillars of 80s British pop-rock -- Smiths and New Order -- so thoroughly that they don't need to copy... Read more
Published on December 23, 2008 by Giuseppe A. Paleologo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of 2007, building up on Set Yourself On Fire
Stars was a band that I loved at first listen. It was pure coincidence: they were opening for Death Cab For Cutie in Orlando and only later did I learn that they were a spinoff of... Read more
Published on December 20, 2008 by Manny Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch!
The stars lyrical quality is hypnotic. If you are a fan, this album does not disappoint, although the continuity between songs isn't quite as consistent as previous albums. Read more
Published on September 26, 2008 by Eric J. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars in our bedroom after the war
i've been a fan of this band since i heard of them from a friend. their melodic voices and intelligent lyrics from their previous albums have always been my weakness, but this... Read more
Published on July 21, 2008 by Jessica Tate
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