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Friday, September 07, 2007

Top 5 Stars Songs

I figured since I already posted a review and a video of Stars this week, I might as well make this week's Top 5 Friday Stars-related. So here are my Top 5 Stars Songs.

#5: "Romantic Comedy" from Heart- It's cheesy, somewhat predictable, but utterly charming, just like every good romantic comedy should be! Torquil and Amy do a great job of trading lines back and forth as they always do, but here they tell the fictional tale of two lovers caught up in the most unlikely of scenarios. Amy sings, "You pick the curtains and I'll pick the sheets. Our silver anniversary will be the next time we meet." Yeah right! You just gotta love the carefree nature of this song.

#4: "What I'm Trying to Say" from Set Yourself on Fire - This was recently featured in my Top 20 Love Songs of all time, so it's really no surprise to find it here too right? It deals with two people, obviously in love with one another, but not willing to say it. The chorus goes a little something like this: "I am trying to say what I want to say without having to say 'I Love you!'" How could you not love that? No seriously, do you kick puppies or something?

#3: "The Woods" from Heart - I'm all for Stars' poppy, lovey-dovey approach to writing songs, but I'm also a huge fan of when the slow things down and write stuff that's a little more poignant. "The Woods" is a perfect example of this and is one of the simplest Stars songs to date. Torquil sings, "Take me to the woods to show me something but I turn my face away" with such passion that you'd think he was living out the story over and over again with ever syllable spoken. It's a truly beautiful song, and one of the most underappreciated of all Stars songs. Well, I think so...

#2: "In Our Bedroom After the War" from In Our Bedroom After the War - *sigh* I'm so tired of writing about this song. {begin copy and paste} It's about two lovers living in a post-war world, acknowledging the fact that life isn't perfect and that some things aren't the way you want them to be, "But at least the war is over." Like "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead," Stars' best song, this one builds slowly from the beginning before erupting with strings and vocals crying "Up in our bedroom after the war!" I get goosebumps every time I hear it, it's so good. It's an absolutely beautiful song. One filled with hope and love, and one that's worth being on this list. {end copy and paste}

#1: "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead" from Set Yourself on Fire - Still one of my favorite songs of all time, "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead" is beautiful from start to finish and a great example of a perfect song. The vocals are spot on, sweet but unmistaken. The insturmentation is gorgeous, complete with strings and brass instruments. The lyrics are some of the best of the last decade, telling the story of two lovers who accidentally meet again and are forced to spend the evening together with friends, reliving their old love in their minds the entire time. In the end though, they're not sad of their lost love, but happy that it was good while it lasted. When they sing, "I'm not sorry I left you. I'm not sorry it's over. I'm not sorry there's nothing to save," it's both saddening and uplifting at the same time. This is a brilliant song and if you don't like it you punch peoples' grandmothers. That's a FACT!


Anonymous said...

good list, but i still love dead hearts the most <3

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