The Five Ghosts
On their fifth studio album, Stars opens with the lush, yet melancholy “Dead Hearts,” a call and answer between front man Torquil Campbell and vocalist /guitarist Amy Millan. Not wanting to give up the microphone, Millan continues to carry the follow-up track, “Wasted Daylight,” delivering her trademark mash-up of teardrop verses and uplifting choruses.
Always providing a darker edge to their lyrical catalog, Campbell brings “I Died So I Could Haunt You” into existence, finding a spot to infuse Morrissey-like ambivalence into the album. “We Don’t Want Your Body” finds Stars exploring a bit of dance-infused rock, mixing styles like Lady Gaga mixes wardrobes.
“Changes” sounds like an instant contender for a heartfelt scene in a movie or TV show. It’s a solid song that sounds like something you’ve heard before, but not in the “oh-they-copied-someone,” kind of way, but in the “this-is-great-what-is-it-I-must-have-heard-this-before” kind of way. Don’t know what that means? Give the song a listen.
“The Passenger” lifts things up with a bit of '80s synth, before Stars brings things low again with “The Last Song Ever Written,” which is a fine, if slightly downtrodden song, but clearly a lie, as anywhere from two to six more tracks remain, depending on which version of the album you own.
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