This brainy Montreal five-piece broke out of the Canadian indie-rock pack a few years back with Set Yourself on Fire, a witty synth-pop send-up of whiny relationship albums that nevertheless made for a pretty great whiny relationship album. Most of the chatter surrounding In Our Bedroom After the War, Stars’ fourth full-length, has focused not on the band’s new songs but on their decision to sell the album as a download several months ahead of its release on CD. And there’s a reason for that: though it features some very handsome soundscaping and a top-shelf title in “Bitches in Tokyo,” Bedroom is a much duller affair than Set Yourself on Fire, with fewer jokes, fewer hooks, and a whole lot more of the sort of mid-tempo piano mush you wouldn’t tolerate from a Celine Dion. The valiant attempt that singers Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan are making to bring a sense of theater — and a love of Pet Shop Boys — to indie rock still places them in the scene’s upper echelons. But this is something of a letdown.
Stars | Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston | October 19 | 617.747.2261
Stars and New Buffalo, Berklee Performance Center, October 19, 2007
The stage at the Berklee Performance Center last Friday was strewn with Stars and bouquets of flowers.
By ELLEE DEAN | October 23, 2007
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This is something of a letdown.
By MIKAEL WOOD | October 15, 2007
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