Leads the pack in an age where a lack of originality and copping of early-80's music (esp. that bloated dinosaur the Cure) are prerequisites of buzz. Couldn't be more derivative of its influences if it was merely a cover album.
I know the whole retro-rock thing is en vogue in about a bazillion different ways, but Stellastarr*s take just seems a bit more energetic and vibrant than most. Considering the genre, this disc is a frighteningly solid listen.