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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. Spin
    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: 56 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. WangF
    Mar 13, 2005
    A lot better than their Heart LP, and that is saying something.
  2. Blake
    Jul 25, 2007
    BEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME!!! Beautiful little gem.
  3. Paige
    May 16, 2005
    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
    i love this album alot...although i must admit i like heart better
  5. samantha
    Mar 17, 2007
    i love this cd. the music just lifts my mood
  6. DaveH
    Dec 23, 2005
    As good as an album can be without changing your life.
  7. DavidM
    Sep 2, 2005
    After a year of tracking music on Metacritic, I've come to realize it's number one constantly leads to an over-inflated After a year of tracking music on Metacritic, I've come to realize it's number one 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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