Stars - The Five Ghosts
Label: Soft Revolution Records – 003 LP, Vagrant Records – VR601
Format: Vinyl, LP
Released on 180g vinyl with download card included. Gatefold cover.
Released: 22 Jun 2010
Genre: Electronic, Pop, Rock
Style: Acoustic, Electro, Pop Rock
A1 Dead Hearts
Arranged By [Strings] – Chris Seligman 3:29
A2 Wasted Daylight 3:43
A3 I Died So I Could Haunt You 3:04
A4 Fixed 3:26
A5 We Don't Want Your Body 3:25
B6 He Dreams He's Awake 4:04
Arranged By [Strings] – Robert McFall 4:13
B8 The Passenger 4:17
B9 The Last Song Ever Written 3:17
B10 How Much More 2:56
B11 Winter Bones 3:00
Mastered By – Greg Calbi
Mixed By – Michael H. Brauer
Mixed By [Assistant] – Ryan Gilligan
Producer, Recorded By – Tom McFall
Recorded By [Additional] – Drew Malamud
Written-By, Arranged By – Stars
When it comes to crafting melodramatic, cinematic pop music, Stars are in a league of their own. Though they may not have recaptured the jubilation of their career high point, Set Yourself On Fire, Stars have put together another very nice album that fits snuggly into the overarching theme of Stars music.
If you've been paying attention, you'll have noticed that Stars started as a synth-heavy pop band and slowly transformed into a symphonic pop rock band, but recently they've been returning back to that first sound, as heard on their excellent Sad Robots EP, which was awash with synthesizer and distorted-beyond-recognition guitars.
The Five Ghosts has continued the trend, leaving behind some of Stars signature orchestration in favor of the sound of their early-career works. However, unlike the early career in which Torquil was the primary singer, this album stands as a showcase for the incredible vocal talents of Amy Millan, who I personally think is the best female vocalist in popular music.
She lives and breathes the heartbroken vocal melodies heard throughout the record, and Torq takes a backseat, providing ample vocal support but leading only a few of the eleven tracks.
- Dead Hearts
- Wasted Daylight
- The Passenger
- Winter Bones
The Five Ghosts - Making Of, Part Two
Stars - Wasted Daylight
Stars - The Five Ghosts - The Last Song Ever Written LIVE - Music Hall, London ON, May 8 2010
Stars - Dead Hearts