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Boomkat Product Review:
Hot on the heels of Kevin Drew's magnificent Spirit If... album comes yet another Broken Social Scene-related release, Stars' In Our Bedroom After The War, the band's fourth LP to date. There's something of an epic quality to the music here, with a blending of electronics, conventional rock band dynamics and a liberal helping of more orchestral elements, that culminates in mightily impressive tracks like 'The Night Starts Here', a grand, romantic-sounding piece of work that masquerades as a hedonistic anthem. The same could be said of the next track, 'Take Me To The Riot', which erupts into a chorus that owes much to The Smiths for its elegant euphoria: "Saturday nights in neon lights, Sunday in the cell/[...] Take me, take me to the riot." While the album's sleeve has that air of 'doctor's waiting room impressionism' to it, the audio itself is lavish on an epic scale. Apart from the fact that more or less every conceivable instrument makes an appearance at some stage or other, the production is wonderfully chunky, even boasting some very weird whale song (from Chester E Beecham's 1973 Arctic field recordings apparently) on 'Today Will Be Better, I Swear!' The Canadians seem to have well and truly cornered the market at the more cerebral, literate end of the indie rock spectrum, and In Our Bedroom After The War provides another convincing illustration of that. Highly recommended.