Stars - Set Yourself on Fire

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Stars: Evan Cranley (horns, bass guitar); Chris Seligman (horns); Pat McGee , Amy Millan, Torquil Campbell. Personnel: Amy Millan (vocals, guitar); Torquil Campbell (vocals, trumpet, keyboards); Evan Cranley (guitar, trombone, bass synthesizer, drums, percussion); James Shaw (guitar); Rachel Moody, Lana Tomlin (violin); Markia Anthony Shaw (viola); Anne Marie Leblanc (cello); Eric Hove (saxophone); Chris Seligman (French horn, keyboards); Pat McGee (glockenspiel, drums, percussion). Audio Mixer: Tony Hoffer. Liner Note Author: Ibolya Kaslik. Recording information: Studio Plateau. With 2005's SET YOURSELF ON FIRE, the Montreal ensemble Stars grows new blooms from out of its sturdy electro-pop stem. This is largely thanks to the addition of a real drummer (Pat McGee), who opens things up for the band's third full-length album. The raised hand on the cover might lead one to take this record for an angry political outcry, but if so, it's the sort one makes while falling in love at a college rally. Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan trade vocal duties and combine on rich harmonies over alt-rock frameworks painted with thick electronic pulses, sweeping horn and string sections, bass, cello, harmonica, and electric guitar. It's a combination big enough to encompass both the melodramatic grandeur of teenage emotions and the awareness that such feelings are unreliable. Like their Canadian brethren Broken Social Scene (bassist Evan Cranley plays in both bands), Stars freely collapses pop music's pigeonholes into one rich, new-yet-familiar sound. "He Lied About Death" takes a few passing jabs at George W. Bush, but this band knows their best contribution to the cause is crafting epic love songs for the people to cry and dance to, and they contribute very well with SET YOURSELF ON FIRE.


UPC 060270061927
Runtime 53 min.
Type Performer
Genre Rock & Pop
Label Arts & Crafts Records
Producer Tom McFall; Stars; James Shaw
Number of Discs 1
Track Listing Disc 1
  • 1. Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
  • 2. Set Yourself On Fire
  • 3. Ageless Beauty
  • 4. Reunion
  • 5. Big Fight, The
  • 6. What I'm Trying to Say
  • 7. One More Night
  • 8. Sleep Tonight
  • 9. First Five Times, The
  • 10. He Lied About Death
  • 11. Celebration Guns
  • 12. Soft Revolution
  • 13. Calendar Girl
Format Compact Disc
Spars Coding n/a
Artists Stars
Dimensions 0

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