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  • Summary: The Canadian indie rock band's first album on Soft Revolution was produced by Tom McFall.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. The Five Ghosts is the band's most consistent album yet, and their best since 2005's "Set Yourself On Fire."
  2. Stars are quickly carving out their own niche among their peers. And in doing so, they're writing some of the most fluid and organic music of their lives.
  3. The Five Ghosts deserves to chaperone them to greater things. [Sep 2010, p.121]
  4. 60
    Ghosts' flowing, synth-backed melodies are a vast improvement on 2006's hammy In Our Bedroom After the War, if not 2004's near-perfect Set Yourself on Fire. Cute isn't what Stars aim for, but it's often what they achieve.
  5. The Five Ghosts chooses to communicate in a simpler, terser manner, which counteracts their evident vigor to test out miscellaneous musical approaches. By switching their objective, Stars' fifth effort has become their true reversal of fortune.
  6. 60
    The overall effect is all a bit "earnest teen drama"--"Dead Hearts" is a surely shoo-in for the soundtrack of the next Twilight movie--but the hit-rate is impressively high. [Sep 2010, p.104]
  7. As it is there are nice tunes, but they're all in weak musical chassis... everything is so damn limp.

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  1. Sep 20, 2011
    6
    The Drowned In Sound critic who reviewed this album woke up in a very bad day. It's not great but certainly didn't deserve such a negativeThe Drowned In Sound critic who reviewed this album woke up in a very bad day. It's not great but certainly didn't deserve such a negative review. Every track flow perfectly, although it lacks some substance sometimes. But it's very pleasent to listen to. And "Wasted daylight" is cute! Expand