In Our Bedroom After the War [Bonus Track]

In Our Bedroom After the War [Bonus Track]

by Stars
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

In Our Bedroom After the War may prove that Torquil Campbell would be better off orchestrating Broadway show tunes instead of playing the part of an indie pop frontman. The titular song that ends Stars' fourth album is a heavily layered theatrical production laced with birds singing and bells…  See more details below

Overview

In Our Bedroom After the War may prove that Torquil Campbell would be better off orchestrating Broadway show tunes instead of playing the part of an indie pop frontman. The titular song that ends Stars' fourth album is a heavily layered theatrical production laced with birds singing and bells ringing as Campbell's relationship culminates with a choir of voices and a massive symphonic crescendo. Campbell and crew are striving for a bigger-is-better formula, watering down the majority of their rock sensibilities with heavily layered chamber pop and this makes for a mixed bag. While some of Stars' best songs appear on this record, others are performed with such an overstated bravado that it renders them too sour to digest. "Personal" is a character-driven melodramatic ditty that chronicles a protagonist who places a newspaper ad and is stood up because she is too obese. Two schmaltzy piano ballads feature Campbell delivering his best imitation of Morrissey covering Elton John, in a manner of campy crooning that could easily be interpreted as pomposity. With the exception of those decadent stinkers, and a few mediocre numbers, Campbell and Amy Milan churn out some of their best work and harmonize soothingly throughout. One of their most instantly catchy singles "Take Me to the Riot" capitalizes on a snappy hook vaguely reminiscent of Ned's Atomic Dustbin's "Grey Cell Green," and sits well alongside the candy-covered Rhodes and orchestral flavored breakbeat of "My Favorite Book," which could fit on a greatest-hits record by the Cardigans. The themes of sweet, sweet lost heartbreak are still evident, and the enhanced sheen makes the material sound more like contemporary easy listening music than ever. Since the group is on the Arts & Crafts label (home to Broken Social Scene), they can still be described as indie, but they're just barely holding on to that credibility. While it wouldn't be surprising to hear Set Yourself on Fire while shopping at Urban Outfitters, this album seems ideal for The Gap. As a whole, the band sounds tighter than ever, and if they continue down this road, and keep inflating their production like a balloon, there's a danger that they could easily go pop. Until then, keep your head up, there's no need to reach into their back catalog just yet. [Also released with bonus tracks.]

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2007
Label:
Pony Canyon Japan
UPC:
4988013396142
catalogNumber:
80046

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. The Beginning After the End (Disc 01)
  2. The Night Starts Here
  3. Take Me to the Riot
  4. My Favourite Book
  5. Midnight Coward
  6. The Ghost of Genova Heights
  7. Personal
  8. Barricade
  9. Window Bird
  10. Bitches in Tokyo
  11. Life 2: The Unhappy Ending
  12. Today Will Be Better, I Swear!
  13. In Our Bedroom After the War
  14. Division
  15. (Disc 02 DVD No Tarcks)

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stars   Primary Artist
Andrew Whiteman   Guitar
Jesse Zubot   Violin
Daniel Handler   Accordion
Evan Cranley   Dulcimer,Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Euphonium,Moog Synthesizer,Group Member
Torquil Campbell   Synthesizer,Cello,Vocals,Voices,Melodica,Group Member
Chris Seligman   Synthesizer,French Horn,Electric Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Piano (Grand),Piano (Upright),Group Member
Amy Millan   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Jade McNelis   Violin
Erik Hove   Saxophone
Pat McGee   Percussion,Drums,Choir, Chorus,Bells,Group Member

Technical Credits

Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Daniel Handler   Liner Notes
Evan Cranley   String Arrangements
Chris Seligman   String Arrangements
Bruno Dejarnac   Engineer
Patrick Guay   Cover Design
Anthony Seck   Director,Producer
Jade McNelis   String Arrangements

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >