Pin It
Favorite

'The Five Ghosts,' STARS 

The band’s knack for delicious melodrama remains.

click to enlarge art15312.jpg

“When you grow up, your heart dies,” says Allison, the basket case in John Hughes’ 1985 film The Breakfast Club. But she — like many people I know, perhaps most of all the Canadian pop band Stars — desperately don’t want this to happen. Stars’ last three albums — Heart, Set Yourself on Fire and In Our Bedroom After the War — are paeans to pre-adult pop purity; beautiful, dazzling music made by adults but infused with the burning zeal of contemporary adolescence.

The band’s knack for delicious melodrama remains on The Five Ghosts, and first five tracks, from “Dead Hearts” to “We Don’t Want Your Body,” live up to the gorgeously theatrical heights of their previous records. The mood shifts, however, halfway through the album, to a slowed-down autopsy of youthful passion rather than a celebration of it. Torquil Campbell and Amy Milan’s vocals fade into a gauzy, electronic — ghostly, even — haze of grown-uphood.

DOWNLOAD: “I Died So I Could Haunt You”

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in Music

  • Magic in Six Strings
  • Magic in Six Strings

    The story of Sir Richard Bishop, an old guitar and Tangier Sessions
    • Mar 25, 2015
  • Clear Skies Ahead
  • Clear Skies Ahead

    Joe Pug slayed some demons making his new album and his music is better for it
    • Mar 25, 2015
  • Ride It Out
  • Ride It Out

    Rough Congress hasn't played a show in two years, but that doesn't mean they broke up
    • Mar 18, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Sir Richard Bishop, Robert Millis

Sir Richard Bishop, Robert Millis @ South Perry Yoga

Sat., March 28, 7 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Joel Hartse

  • Artist to Artist
  • Artist to Artist

    My 27-year creative friendship with Spokane's Daniel Boatsman
    • May 22, 2013
  • "Raditude," Weezer
  • "Raditude," Weezer

    The band’s poppy challenge to their staunch rocker fans
    • Nov 13, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Road Goes On Forever

    Widespread Panic's never-ending tour stops in Spokane for the first time since 1999
    • Mar 11, 2015
  • More »

Top Tags in
Music & Film

Music


Film


Hip-hop


Indie Rock


Review


© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation