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5.0 out of 5 stars
One of this year's best, Nov. 12 2004
I had never heard of Stars until this year, and I'm sure glad I did. This album will go down as "the one that saved music for me" in 2004. Although Set Yourself on Fire is reminiscent of Jesus and Mary Chain, Rilo Kiley, the Cure, Hope Sandoval, New Order, Postal Service and Grandaddy - it maintains its own completely original, gorgeous sound. Conversational lyrics between the male and female lead singers, glittery guitars and electronic pulses make this entire album one of the most interesting and exciting listens in a long time. But words can't do it justice. Go out and buy this one - or at least download a few of the standout tracks and see for yourself. This one is worth the trip to the record store.
Standout tracks include the beautifully sad-but-happy opener "Your Ex-Lover is Dead", the hyper title track "Set Yourself on Fire", the Beth Orton-esque "One More Night" and the final track "Calendar Girl", which contains lyrics so ridiculously exquisite, it's almost hard to wrap your head around the idea that a mere mortal wrote them.
The whole thing is REALLY that good.