Set Yourself On Fire

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Universal acclaim- based on 90 Ratings

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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 not that the male-female duo vocals make it or even the moments where the group channels the Delgados in their sublime use of strings and horns; it’s more that Stars has gotten tighter since their last outing.
  4. Most of these powerful pop songs bloom to match the intensity of the feelings they lament.
  5. Set Yourself on Fire is a release of unexpected dimensions.
  6. Like Ivy and other suave postmodern light-rockers, Stars sounds better in small bites than big gulps.
  7. It's too much risk-free computation and not enough wild emotion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. WangF
    Mar 13, 2005
    10
    A lot better than their Heart LP, and that is saying something.
  2. Aug 26, 2015
    10
    Gorgeous album and easily the best from this Canadian indie/baroque/pop group. Not a single song disrupts the flow of the album, and whileGorgeous album and easily the best from this Canadian indie/baroque/pop group. Not a single song disrupts the flow of the album, and while some songs are better than others, it's a great straight-through listen. Expand
  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. K.H.
    Feb 11, 2006
    10
    Great vibe! The lyrics are well written and correspond perfectly with the mellow instruments! I love it!
  5. DamienD
    Apr 8, 2007
    10
    Lovely, beautiful, amazing and a joy to listen to. One of my personal favorites.
  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 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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