Now busy with various popular side projects, Montreal/Toronto romantics Stars seem to have lost some focus. Though their output is usually flawless, full of lush, dreamy melodies and uptempo laments, the collective has slowed down.
The songs on In Our Bedroom After The War are still full of intimate, warm production, as though singers Millan and Torquil Campbell were breathing in your ear, voices threatening to break under the weight of their words. The problems lie in the areas of pacing and dynamics. Opener The Beginning After The End, a mix of sleepy electro beats and keys, rambles pointlessly before two of the record's uptempo highlights, The Night Starts Here and Take Me To The Riot, kick in - the latter echoing the volatile, driving chorus of Stars hits like Ageless Beauty.
From that point on, the album feels uneven and drawn out. There are certainly plenty of wonderful moments, but for a band as capable of rocking out as taking it slow and easy, there's not enough balance between the two to make War their best to date.