STARS

27 July 2010

[screen grab picture of BBC weather prediction for the week July 2010]July 2010 in Glasgow has been a washout; it has rained every day. It’s been grey clouds, hoods and brollies — and pot-holey puddles.

And the all-too-fast-fading memories of French sunsets welcoming in warm evenings. Gah!

So what will be the band, album or tune that will represent summer of 2010? Who knows; only time will tell I suppose, but I have to say that I have been cheering myself up with some summer pop from Canadian poppers, “Stars“.

[Picture of Stars vocalist Amy Millan]Fixed” is one of those pop tunes that make you feel summery and happy right from the introduction.  It is 3 and a half minutes of addictive, ear-wormy, classic, vanilla pop. Wonderful.

Wasted Daylight” is delicious from the cutesie-pie “uh-oh-oh-uh-oh” start, through the cheap drum machine and sparse verse (that serves well to show the glorious vocal qualities of Amy Millan) — all very nice and peachy, but then in come the real drums and then the song grabs your attention, what a lovely voice, great pop hook — one for singing along with in the convertible (as if)!

And what can I say about “We Don’t Want Your Body“?  Superb pop — a million references to other toons.  Male vocal until Amy returns with the chorus. And it’s the chorus that is the killer.

Not since Orson, Maroon 5 or the Ting Tings have I heard such crafted pop! Uplifting stuff.

[Album cover for The 5 Ghosts -- Stars]The album is called ‘The Five Ghosts‘.

It’s all good — I merely selected three outstanding fave summer tracks here. Seriously worth a punt I say, and who knows? It may just turn out to be summer after all.

Links:

Official website: youarestars.com
Myspace site: www.myspace.com/stars
Stars on twitter: www.twitter.com/montrealstars

[embedded videoclip from Youtube.com of “fixed”]

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17jdZdVmEuk&]

What you want, you are, you always were
What you want, you are, you always were.
When the plans fall, changing hands
What are the chances of winning
You, you hold my heart
You, you won’t let up
After I am caught, touch turns into fisticuffs
It’s all in your head, wonder if I’m fixed to cut.
Fake statistics, and the collected home
With all the hunger, that keeps you climbing walls
It’s the one thing you can count on
We all end floating away, we all end floating away

You, you hold my heart
You, you won’t let up
After I am caught, touch turns into fisticuffs
It’s all in your head, wonder if I’m fixed to cut.
Is it your fall?
You, you’re sinking so they say
You, you’re finished so they say
You, you’re buried so they say
You, a killer killing fate.

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One Response to “STARS”


  1. […] back now, I would have to say that summer 2010 was about Peaches / Hiromi Uehara / The National / The Stars how bizarre is that!  I took these  on vacation with me, but ‘The Five Ghosts‘ by The Stars […]


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