ALBUM REVIEW: Stars – “The North”

Canadian indie-pop band, Stars release their 6th full-length album, The North on September 4.

The ‘Theory of Relativity’ and ‘Backlines’ start with a punch and build excitement for the rest of the album with glittering pop beats and uptempo dance choruses, galvanizing fans with an anthem fit for music festivals or indie film soundtracks.

‘The North’ dives into slower, more thoughtful, traditional Stars, leaning heavily into each phrase and creating a warm descriptive scene wrapped up serenely by Torquil Campbell’s soothing voice.

Lovely lady, Amy Millan and Campbell tease back and forth throughout most of the songs, especially in ‘Do You Want to Die Together’ and ‘Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It,’ my favorite track on  this release. Asking your significant other if they “want to die together?,” could possibly be one of the most romantic questions ever. Or one of the most depressing? Either way, the sweet duo makes dying seem amorous and exciting, something only the Stars and Romeo and Juliet have mastered thus far.

B-Sides is impressed with the release of personality and emotion in The North and we think that while this album may be their best yet, there’s still much more to come.

Full List of Tracks:

1. The Theory of Relativity

2. Backlines

3. The North

4. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It

5. Through the Mines

6. Do You Want to Die Together?

7. Lights Changing Colour

8. The Loose Ends Will Make Knots

9. A Song is A Weapon

10. Progress

11. The 400

12. Walls