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Stars – Le National – Nov. 30

Posted by MP / December 2, 2007

Canadian indie pop band Stars were in great form as they played for a sold out crowd at le National, on the first of two nights here. Right from the outset, you could tell the band was genuinely humbled by the turn-out in the town they now call home. From a romantic and pretty stage decorated with flowers and ink drawings in antique frames, Stars belted out their oh-so pretty and romantic music.

Before going to the show, I wasn’t a big fan of the new record, In Our Bedroom After the War, finding it a little too melancholic, but singers Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan helped me appreciate it more last night by bringing honesty and maturity to the lyrics.

Millan definitely stole the show, musically speaking. Her voice is heavenly. I would have liked to have seen her interact with the crowd a little more, but her quietness just added to her image of a shy, soft-spoken girl with an angel’s voice. Torquil found himself at the other end of the spectrum, being much more outgoing and theatrical than his female counterpart. At one point he donned a blazer with lights attached to it, and moved around like a human disco ball. That was fun.
The crowd was pretty diverse, ranging from 90210 type girls in American apparel gear fixing their hair and gossiping in the bathroom, to a mother with her three children, to mile-end scenesters, to highschoolers. I’m not sure if it was because of the crowd, the city, the slanted floor at the venue, or the music, but people just weren’t dancing and moving like they used to at shows. Overall, I had a blast. “One More Night” and “Your Ex-Lover is Dead” lived up to my expectations, and Amy Millan surpassed them. I can listen to the album now with fond memories of a really nice night.


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Ming Wu / December 9, 2007 at 01:07 pm
I was glad to see them (Friday show).
In Our Bedroom After the War has grown on me.
Best track has to be the title track
Its sooo epic and moving.

Great to hear their stuff from Set Yourself On Fire and the song Elevator Love Letter

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