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  • Summary: Boasting a somewhat higher profile after a tour supporting Broken Social Scene, fellow Canadians Stars return with a third LP, produced by Tony Hoffer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 91
    Delicate Casio-toned anthems. [Mar 2005, p.91]
  2. The songs spring from a warm hearth, upping the ante from their well-received sophomore LP, 2003's Heart.
  3. It's sort of an indie-pop Rumours, sans the wooden balls. [11 Mar 2005, p.102]
  4. In the end, the group proves that its unflinching lyrics and memorable melodies are well suited for songs about warring lovers and war itself.
  5. Stars sound confident enough to set anything on fire.
  6. It's a satisfying album, and its richness becomes increasingly apparent on subsequent listens. [#9]
  7. 60
    It's a little hard to take in one sitting, though downcast fans of Saint Etienne and The Magnetic Fields will find much to adore. [Sep 2005, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. WangF
    Mar 13, 2005
    10
    A lot better than their Heart LP, and that is saying something.
  2. Blake
    Jul 25, 2007
    10
    BEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME!!! Beautiful little gem.
  3. Paige
    May 16, 2005
    10
    Wow! this is a breakthrough for Indie, i can honestly say i can't start my day with out it!
  4. AmandaK
    Jan 31, 2006
    10
    i love this album alot...although i must admit i like heart better
  5. samantha
    Mar 17, 2007
    10
    i love this cd. the music just lifts my mood
  6. DaveH
    Dec 23, 2005
    9
    As good as an album can be without changing your life.
  7. DavidM
    Sep 2, 2005
    5
    After a year of tracking music on Metacritic, I've come to realize it's number one flaw...it constantly leads to an over-inflated evaluation of middle-of-the-road, immaculately produced, pretty pop albums such as these. I'll be straightforward here, I gravitate towards extremes...extreme mellow, extreme volume, extreme aggression, extreme introspections...the danger zones. Safe stuff like this is never going to sell me completely. That said, even with my biases, this album does not deserve an 8, immaculate production does not compensate for average songs and average musical ideas. It's not bad, and it's way better than the Go Betweens, but like the Go Betweens, vastly overrated and none too inspiring. None of the emotional charge of Montreal counterparts Arcade Fire. Expand

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