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on September 22, 2012
I must say that, while I've enjoyed Stars's music for the past few years, I've never quite wanted to pick them up and give them a big collective hug until now. More than ever, it's as though someone took all those old Smiths records and doused them with buzzy synths, pizzicato strings, a little tasteful distortion, and is that a trombone?...yes, yes it is. You might not THINK that this sounds like the greatest thing in the world, but let me assure you that it's reasonably close. It's also not to imply that the result is derivative: while the influences of this band or that jump right out here and there, Stars still manage to sound like nobody else but Stars. The fact that their upcoming local show is the same night as the Big Football Rivalry suddenly presents a dire dilemma for this listener. (I'm sure it'll sell out regardless, as it should.)
Favorite songs after the first half-dozen listens: "The Theory of Relativity," "Hold On...," "A Song is a Weapon," "The 400," and "Walls." Those who say that the album falls off in the second half are entitled to their opinion, but for the record, they are silly people and not to be trusted.