Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic 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. Set Yourself On Fire could become your favourite record, and Stars should justifiably be many people's favourite band.
  3. This is a gorgeous pop album that deals maturely with a wide range of emotions and ideas.
  4. 90
    It's hard to think of a more fully realized album out now. [#9, p.70]
  5. The songs spring from a warm hearth, upping the ante from their well-received sophomore LP, 2003's Heart.
  6. 86
    This stunning third full-length does an incredible job of riding the highest of highs. [#14, p.101]
  7. Set Yourself on Fire is about breaking up and breaking down, and as such the album feels wontedly cathartic, like the moments right after you hit your emotional nadir and start getting your shit together. Stars handle the mood delicately with few slip-ups; my only complaint is that they never handle much of anything else.
  8. It takes more getting used to than their previous work, but it rewards even more for it.
  9. It's sort of an indie-pop Rumours, sans the wooden balls. [11 Mar 2005, p.102]
  10. 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.

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