All self-absorbed sad sacks who think their lovelorn problems are equal in magnitude to global warming and Iraq should own a copy of Stars' excessively melodramatic new In Our Bedroom After The War, which is better than expected even as it wallows in its own broken heart.
Singers Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell, champions of the romantically challenged, come out swinging on The Night Starts Here. Their whispery duet carries over into Campbell's Smiths-esque Take Me To The Riot. Millan's signature mix of sweet and cool shines separately on Window Bird and My Favourite Book before reuniting with Campbell on Personal, a duet so vocally unified it sounds like they recorded it inside a closet. And the back section deserves a nod for keeping Stars' dreamy pop floating even when Millan or Campbell falter (The Ghost Of Genova Heights).
Stars come out at the Phoenix November 26 to 28.