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Stars - No One Is Lost Album Review


Stars' career has been one in which life has imitated art to an almost painful degree: whereas their music has often been critically acclaimed ever since the 2001 release of their d├ębut 'Nightsongs', the lot of world domination they may crave has fallen to that of fellow Canadians Arcade Fire.

Stars - No One Is Lost Album Review

Some of this is a result of consistency, or more accurately a lack of it. At its apex, their music is little short of breathtaking - 'The Ghost of Genova Heights' (From 2007 release 'In Our Bedroom After The War') and 'A Song Is A Weapon' (From 2012's 'The North')  were as close to perfection as intelligent, highbrow pop as anyone has come in recent times. Their problem has been that too often they've been content to live within themselves, preferring understatement to hitching themselves to the devil's wagon. On 'No One Is Lost', they attempt to do just that. Inspiration according to lead Star Torquil Campbell came from a gay disco positioned directly beneath the recording studio under which he slept during the recording process, a constant stream of boogie which has in turn liberated the band's music from its slightly worthy former pretext. In short: Its mind is now free, and its ass follows.

Anyone under any illusions about this metamorphosis needs just to take in the first few bars of opener 'From The Night', its little bass skitters and robo-handclaps making them hardly the first outfit to head for anonymity of the flashing lights, but few have done so with such total abandonment. That's not to say that they've lost any of the anger which has made their songs so bitterly sardonic. On 'Trap Door', they explore mortality and the myth(s) of choice, Campbell as irascible as on anything they've produced in the last decade and a half. His foil throughout is Amy Milan, the drifting softness of her voice adding a dream-sequence quality to songs like 'Turn It Up' and the perfectly executed 20th century pique of 'No Better Place'. Both are examples of how forgetting everything makes you remember sometimes what you're really good at. Neither leave the brain at the first time of asking.  

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Stars 'Brush-up' for Born Free's 30th Birthday . . .

Nicky Philipps - Kalahari Stars 'Brush-up' for Born Free's 30th Birthday . . . A WILDWORKS exhibition and auction is to launch at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in Mayfair featuring original art works created by famous celebrities to celebrate 30 years of The Born Free Foundation. Hollywood actor Billy Zane, celebrated lyricist Bernie Taupin and comedy favourite Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) all recognised contemporary artists, are amongst the stars to put brush to canvas this month, creating original artwork in honour of the third decade anniversary of the international wildlife charity founded by legendary actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna OBE. The WILDWORKS exhibition will take place at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in London's Mayfair, and feature one-off art by the all-star line-up which also includes: Josie Russell; Anthea Turner; Lady Victoria Hervey; Anneka Rice, Wendy Turner Webster and Royal portrait artist Nicky Philips. A gallery of colourful images - from: sleeping lions, to leaping leopards, to thought provoking and vibrant images of wildlife - all courtesy of these creative celebs will grace the walls of the gallery. With the famous wildlife lovers using their artistic talents to produce stunning works, all inspired by Born Free's work to 'keep wildlife in the wild'. WILDWORKS will launch with a VIP auction at the Gallery on Tuesday 11th November. Bargain Hunt's James Lewis will oversee the sale of these one-off pieces, raising money for the charity's vital conservation work. Prospective viewers can also view and bid for celebrity artworks online, by visiting: http://bit.ly/wildworks The exhibition will then open its doors on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November, with visitors able to view the art on display and purchase high quality reproductions of selected pieces. A number of additional artworks donated to the Born Free Foundation over the last 30 years will also be on display and available to purchase as part of th - London, United Kingdom - Friday 7th November 2014

Stars 'Brush-up' for Born Free's 30th Birthday . . .

The Big 5 - Billy Zane Stars 'Brush-up' for Born Free's 30th Birthday . . . A WILDWORKS exhibition and auction is to launch at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in Mayfair featuring original art works created by famous celebrities to celebrate 30 years of The Born Free Foundation. Hollywood actor Billy Zane, celebrated lyricist Bernie Taupin and comedy favourite Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) all recognised contemporary artists, are amongst the stars to put brush to canvas this month, creating original artwork in honour of the third decade anniversary of the international wildlife charity founded by legendary actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna OBE. The WILDWORKS exhibition will take place at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in London's Mayfair, and feature one-off art by the all-star line-up which also includes: Josie Russell; Anthea Turner; Lady Victoria Hervey; Anneka Rice, Wendy Turner Webster and Royal portrait artist Nicky Philips. A gallery of colourful images - from: sleeping lions, to leaping leopards, to thought provoking and vibrant images of wildlife - all courtesy of these creative celebs will grace the walls of the gallery. With the famous wildlife lovers using their artistic talents to produce stunning works, all inspired by Born Free's work to 'keep wildlife in the wild'. WILDWORKS will launch with a VIP auction at the Gallery on Tuesday 11th November. Bargain Hunt's James Lewis will oversee the sale of these one-off pieces, raising money for the charity's vital conservation work. Prospective viewers can also view and bid for celebrity artworks online, by visiting: http://bit.ly/wildworks The exhibition will then open its doors on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November, with visitors able to view the art on display and purchase high quality reproductions of selected pieces. A number of additional artworks donated to the Born Free Foundation over the last 30 years will also be on display and available to purchase as part of the ex - London, United Kingdom - Friday 7th November 2014

Stars 'Brush-up' for Born Free's 30th Birthday . . .

Tiger - Anneka Rice Stars 'Brush-up' for Born Free's 30th Birthday . . . A WILDWORKS exhibition and auction is to launch at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in Mayfair featuring original art works created by famous celebrities to celebrate 30 years of The Born Free Foundation. Hollywood actor Billy Zane, celebrated lyricist Bernie Taupin and comedy favourite Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) all recognised contemporary artists, are amongst the stars to put brush to canvas this month, creating original artwork in honour of the third decade anniversary of the international wildlife charity founded by legendary actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna OBE. The WILDWORKS exhibition will take place at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in London's Mayfair, and feature one-off art by the all-star line-up which also includes: Josie Russell; Anthea Turner; Lady Victoria Hervey; Anneka Rice, Wendy Turner Webster and Royal portrait artist Nicky Philips. A gallery of colourful images - from: sleeping lions, to leaping leopards, to thought provoking and vibrant images of wildlife - all courtesy of these creative celebs will grace the walls of the gallery. With the famous wildlife lovers using their artistic talents to produce stunning works, all inspired by Born Free's work to 'keep wildlife in the wild'. WILDWORKS will launch with a VIP auction at the Gallery on Tuesday 11th November. Bargain Hunt's James Lewis will oversee the sale of these one-off pieces, raising money for the charity's vital conservation work. Prospective viewers can also view and bid for celebrity artworks online, by visiting: http://bit.ly/wildworks The exhibition will then open its doors on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November, with visitors able to view the art on display and purchase high quality reproductions of selected pieces. A number of additional artworks donated to the Born Free Foundation over the last 30 years will also be on display and available to purchase as part of the exhib - London, United Kingdom - Friday 7th November 2014

Stars 'Brush-up' for Born Free's 30th Birthday . . .

Wendy Turner Webster - The Lively Lion Stars 'Brush-up' for Born Free's 30th Birthday . . . A WILDWORKS exhibition and auction is to launch at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in Mayfair featuring original art works created by famous celebrities to celebrate 30 years of The Born Free Foundation. Hollywood actor Billy Zane, celebrated lyricist Bernie Taupin and comedy favourite Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) all recognised contemporary artists, are amongst the stars to put brush to canvas this month, creating original artwork in honour of the third decade anniversary of the international wildlife charity founded by legendary actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna OBE. The WILDWORKS exhibition will take place at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in London's Mayfair, and feature one-off art by the all-star line-up which also includes: Josie Russell; Anthea Turner; Lady Victoria Hervey; Anneka Rice, Wendy Turner Webster and Royal portrait artist Nicky Philips. A gallery of colourful images - from: sleeping lions, to leaping leopards, to thought provoking and vibrant images of wildlife - all courtesy of these creative celebs will grace the walls of the gallery. With the famous wildlife lovers using their artistic talents to produce stunning works, all inspired by Born Free's work to 'keep wildlife in the wild'. WILDWORKS will launch with a VIP auction at the Gallery on Tuesday 11th November. Bargain Hunt's James Lewis will oversee the sale of these one-off pieces, raising money for the charity's vital conservation work. Prospective viewers can also view and bid for celebrity artworks online, by visiting: http://bit.ly/wildworks The exhibition will then open its doors on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November, with visitors able to view the art on display and purchase high quality reproductions of selected pieces. A number of additional artworks donated to the Born Free Foundation over the last 30 years will also be on display and available to purchase - London, United Kingdom - Friday 7th November 2014

Stars 'Brush-up' for Born Free's 30th Birthday . . .

**File Photo** Stars 'Brush-up' for Born Free's 30th Birthday . . . A WILDWORKS exhibition and auction is to launch at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in Mayfair featuring original art works created by famous celebrities to celebrate 30 years of The Born Free Foundation. Hollywood actor Billy Zane, celebrated lyricist Bernie Taupin and comedy favourite Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) all recognised contemporary artists, are amongst the stars to put brush to canvas this month, creating original artwork in honour of the third decade anniversary of the international wildlife charity founded by legendary actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna OBE. The WILDWORKS exhibition will take place at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in London's Mayfair, and feature one-off art by the all-star line-up which also includes: Josie Russell; Anthea Turner; Lady Victoria Hervey; Anneka Rice, Wendy Turner Webster and Royal portrait artist Nicky Philips. A gallery of colourful images - from: sleeping lions, to leaping leopards, to thought provoking and vibrant images of wildlife - all courtesy of these creative celebs will grace the walls of the gallery. With the famous wildlife lovers using their artistic talents to produce stunning works, all inspired by Born Free's work to 'keep wildlife in the wild'. WILDWORKS will launch with a VIP auction at the Gallery on Tuesday 11th November. Bargain Hunt's James Lewis will oversee the sale of these one-off pieces, raising money for the charity's vital conservation work. Prospective viewers can also view and bid for celebrity artworks online, by visiting: http://bit.ly/wildworks The exhibition will then open its doors on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November, with visitors able to view the art on display and purchase high quality reproductions of selected pieces. A number of additional artworks donated to the Born Free Foundation over the last 30 years will also be on display and available to purchase as part of the exhibition. - - Friday 9th March 2012

Stars, Midnight Coward Single Review


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Stars, The Night Starts Here Single Review


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The Night Starts Here
Single Review


Toronto's own Stars have gained considerable critical acclaim with their unique take on pop noir, and their latest single will see them continue to impress.

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Stars, In Our Bedroom After The War Album Review


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