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The Five Ghosts

by Stars
The Five Ghosts by Stars
Released: Jun 2010
A decade before countless bands were going for the retro synth-pop sound, Stars had already mastered it, and already drifted away from it. But it's always been the quality of Stars' songs -- hook-laden but rarely hokey -- and Torquil Campbell's cutting narratives that really stick; Stars are more like Morrissey, Lloyd Cole and Terry Hall than Men Without Hats. Set Yourself on Fire remains their masterwork, but this feels like their commercial crossover. Stars' sweet/sour duets and anthemic chamber-pop aesthetic haven't changed that much -- everyone else is just finally catching up with them.
Nick Dedina