那个一月，人们还在睡梦中，蒙特利尔的Stars啟程离开，前往一个更加寒冷的地方。裹著皮衣，他们一路往北，在魁北克东部的乡村，盘坐于地，然后set themselves on fire.
04年的这张《Set Yourself on Fire》给我留下了太过深刻的印象，特别鐘情于独特的女声Amy Millan。而时隔三年，Stars推出了他们的第四张专辑《In Our Bedroom After the War》。有人说，仿佛一个多年未见的表哥，一天他在你外出时归家，而当你回到家门口，面对一个熟悉又陌生的人：熟悉的面孔，多年的经历铸就的不同的表情，感觉，内心……
当Amy Millan唱著 “forget your name/forget your fear.”仿佛一种催眠，把人带到一个崭新的世界，新的视野，新的理解。男声的加入：“the time we had/the task at hand/ the love it takes to become a man.”Campbell和Millan的完美配合，再度出现，带出了一个宁静的画面。可惜的是，这张专辑两人的声音没有太多的融合。但Stars无疑是美国大牌独立音乐的保证，My Favourite Book和Midnight Coward的轻快俏皮；The Ghost of Genova Heights里Campbell的假声；Personal和Barricade的惆悵……这些都展现出Stars对音乐嫻熟的把握，以及不断探索和尝试的良苦用心。
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In Our Bedroom After the War may prove that Torquil Campbell would be better off orchestrating Broadway show tunes instead of playing the part of an indie pop frontman. The titular song that ends Stars' fourth album is a heavily layered theatrical production laced with birds singing and bells ringing as Campbell's relationship culminates with a choir of voices and a massive symphonic crescendo. Campbell and crew are striving for a bigger-is-better formula, watering down the majority of their rock sensibilities with heavily layered chamber pop and this makes for a mixed bag. While some of Stars' best songs appear on this record, others are performed with such an overstated bravado that it renders them too sour to digest. "Personal" is a character-driven melodramatic ditty that chronicles a protagonist who places a newspaper ad and is stood up because she is too obese. Two schmaltzy piano ballads feature Campbell delivering his best imitation of Morrissey covering Elton John, in a manner of campy crooning that could easily be interpreted as pomposity. With the exception of those decadent stinkers, and a few mediocre numbers, Campbell and Amy Milan churn out some of their best work and harmonize soothingly throughout. One of their most instantly catchy singles "Take Me to the Riot" capitalizes on a snappy hook vaguely reminiscent of Ned's Atomic Dustbin's "Grey Cell Green," and sits well alongside the candy-covered Rhodes and orchestral flavored breakbeat of "My Favorite Book," which could fit on a greatest-hits record by the Cardigans. The themes of sweet, sweet lost heartbreak are still evident, and the enhanced sheen makes the material sound more like contemporary easy listening music than ever. Since the group is on the Arts & Crafts label (home to Broken Social Scene), they can still be described as indie, but they're just barely holding on to that credibility. While it wouldn't be surprising to hear Set Yourself on Fire while shopping at Urban Outfitters, this album seems ideal for The Gap. As a whole, the band sounds tighter than ever, and if they continue down this road, and keep inflating their production like a balloon, there's a danger that they could easily go pop. Until then, keep your head up, there's no need to reach into their back catalog just yet.
1.The Beginning After the End
2.The Night Starts Here
3.Take Me to the Riot
4.My Favourite Book
6.The Ghost of Genova Heights
10.Life 2: The Unhappy Ending
11.Bitches in Tokyo
12.oday Will Be Better, I Swear!
13.In Our Bedroom After the War