Various: Stars; Do You Trust Your Friends? (Shock)

 |   |  <1 min read

Jason Collett: Reunion
Various: Stars; Do You Trust Your Friends? (Shock)

Very interesting if a little bewildering, especially if the Canadian band Stars' acclaimed 2004 album Set Yourself on Fire hasn't crossed your path.

What they have done is invite friends to cover/remix tracks from that album and so the album is re-presented in the same running order as a kind of self-created tribute.

I'm going to flip all the cards and tell you I haven't heard the original Stars album (which sounds like it was pure indie-pop of the kind I might like) but that doesn't detract at all from hearing their friends (Montag, Jason Collett, the Stills, Kevin Drew and others) getting poppy on these songs.

There is something enjoyably incestuous here: Stars seem to have connections with Broken Social Scene and many of these artists are from the same expanding circle. Like Venn diagrams over-lapping.

Anyway the pretty great Collett gets out his slightly Stones-rock persona on Reunion, elsewhere it's mostly cleverly arranged and endearing soft-pop rock -- and the result is you'll probably want to check out the original album as much as bands represented here like the Stills, The Most Serene Republic and the Dears.

Nice to note that Stars have very trustworthy friends . . . 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Various Artists: Fender; The Golden Age 1950-1970 (Ace/Border)

Various Artists: Fender; The Golden Age 1950-1970 (Ace/Border)

Any album which is dedicated to a brand of guitar -- no matter how legendary, as Fender is -- will always be uneven, depending on what kind of music you like. So right at the end in the ad for... > Read more

Hollie Smith: Humour and the Misfortune of Others (EMI)

Hollie Smith: Humour and the Misfortune of Others (EMI)

This can be extremely brief given that Smith's story, travails and so on have been much canvassed. But what hasn't been said too often or too loudly is that while her previous album Long Player... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Galaxie 500: Cheese and Onions (1991)

Galaxie 500: Cheese and Onions (1991)

When Frank Zappa asked "does humour belong in music?" you knew he was being rhetorical. He certainly poked fun, ridiculed and parodied -- all long before Spinal Tap and the Rutles.... > Read more

10 SHAMEFUL RECORDS I'M EMBARRASSED TO OWN: A trip from the tip

10 SHAMEFUL RECORDS I'M EMBARRASSED TO OWN: A trip from the tip

Elsewhere has been down a similar path with a series of 10 Shameful Record Covers I'm Proud to Own (see here, here, here and here). And there was also 10 Good Albums in Bad Covers . . . and two... > Read more