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I would begin with that this album mostly reminds me of the album 'Heart'. Which is great, in my opinion. The band stays on track and keep themselves what they really are. I would say that any of the Stars fan should not be disappointed by buying this.
However, at the first few listens the record seemed to be a little bit boring and songs alike each other. Yet I did not give up and now after listening to 'Five Ghosts' like ten times I enjoy it a lot and this album would go into my TOP album list of the year.
Anyone who is new to Stars could start with this album, because it is a little bit more pop than others and quite easily approached compared to other albums.
I might agree that this album ain't perfect, however, yet it is my soundtrack of the summer days. I believe it could be yours too. Buy it!
- Dead Hearts
- Wasted Daylight
- The Passenger
- Winter Bones
I just picked up "Set yourself on fire" after listening to "The five ghosts". I know I may receive death threats, but I have to say I enjoy this album more than the highly acclaimed "Set yourself on fire". Yes it's more mainstream, yes it's more "pop", but yes I found myself listening to the first 8 songs all in one sitting (and the last 3 songs are not bad... just not as catchy as the first 8).
Who cares if they switched label? Who cares if the album sounds "pop"? I'm happy as long as they are not Queen, post-Freddie Mercury era.
Oh, and I absolutely adore the electric solo bit in the middle of the both verses on "We don't want your body".
This is a bizarre, morbid little album with haunting lyrics in songs like Dead Hearts and I Died So I Could Haunt You. And sometimes the music is equally eerie. I love the charm of the lead male and female vocalists - but sometimes the music sounded a bit loud and over powering.
My favorite tune has to be #7 - Changes. I can listen to it over and over again and I never get tired of it. The lyric and vocal really shine through here.
Since I'm not familiar with the group before this album, I can only suggest this to newcomers looking for something different, but I definitely plan to search out some of the group's older stuff now.
The moment i heard the first voice, i could tell by the recognizable inflection of the male voice that it was stars and i went down to my local record shop to buy a copy. I fell in love with this album the instant that i heard the rest of Dead Hearts. The eerie way the song starts out draws you in and then successfully leads you to a climax of what sounds like a hundred instruments playing in tandem. Its intricate composition and graceful transitions from one part to the other weren't what really drew me to this album though. What really captivated me was the way the lyrics danced with the music. As always, Stars has done a fabulous job with writing lyrics that intrigue and entrance the mind. This doesn't surprise me, but just leaves me hopeful and excited for their next release.
For all these reasons and many more, I give Five Ghosts a 5/5 stars.
Tracks to watch out for and listen to time and time again:
1. Dead Hearts
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Does not include "The Five Ghosts" title track. Or the deluxe edition songs. Those songs, especially the title track, are very much part of the themes in this album. Read morePublished 9 months ago by A. Torres
There are a handful of tracks on here I can listen to over and over again. The haunting sad almost otherworldly vocals go great with uptempo beats.Published 13 months ago by Malik Coates
One of the best Albums I have heard in a long time. The concert for this album was amaziing. I love Stars and hope to see them live again.Published 20 months ago by s drury
Only Stars can write pop songs about death with such beauty. Mysterious yet soothing melodies of loss, love and apparitions. Lovely. BJM Toronto.Published 22 months ago by Jane
it's great...Changes, my favorite. . The Stars were new to me, heard them on Radio Paradise for the first time a week or so ago.Published on October 3, 2013 by julie mitchell
It's hard to describe Stars to those I recommend them to, "They're a bit of synthetic pop thrown in with some alternative rock with smooth melodic voices". Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by SNK
Stars never ceases to amaze me. Another great album for stars, The Five Ghosts is a beautiful melancholy cd. If you have listened to other Stars albums I strongly suggest this one.Published on August 15, 2012 by googs451
I originally downloaded this album after hearing "We Don't Want Your Body", expecting more of the same. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Mark Twain
It's a bit ironic that like other Stars CDs, this one didn't give up its secrets on first listen. But now I'm so addicted to the thing I love it every time I hear it. Read morePublished on August 14, 2011 by Temple