• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Sep 13, 2005
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 80
    Picks up where [their debut] left off. [#69, p.108]
  2. Overall, the effect is post-punk Cure with swathes of Ride in heady moments and, as overblown and unlistenable as these amassed elements might sound in your head, it's actually fantastic.
  3. Stellastarr* pushes its new grasp of tension and release, and the album shows their increased sense of cohesion.
  4. It is missing IT - that something that makes a good album into a great, standout album.
  5. Stellastarr sound playful but passionate, flashing their Eighties go-feet beats ("Damn This Foolish Heart") alongside moody, Cure-style ballads.
  6. A pleasurable, spun-sugar confection. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.122]
  7. 70
    A charged return. [Mar 2006, p.96]
  8. Harmonies for the Haunted seems as familiar as Stellastarr*'s 2003 debut, and that's at once its chief cincher and problem.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Sebastian
    Mar 5, 2007
    5
    Stellastarr*'s first album was so catchy and very Pixies-like. This one does suffer the "sophomore slump".
  2. ryann
    Mar 2, 2006
    10
    this is the BEST band ever and i recomend it to all ppls k lol
  3. JoaquinS
    Jan 19, 2006
    9
    This is an enjoyable album from start to finish. Judge it on its own merits and not how it stacks up to their first album or the albums of This is an enjoyable album from start to finish. Judge it on its own merits and not how it stacks up to their first album or the albums of the bands that influence them. Critics and would-be critics do the same thing to Oasis. If you like Stellastarr's influences, you'll like Stellastarr. They're not the most original band, but they're one of the most fun to listen to, and at the end of the day, that's really what it's all about. Full Review »