Review: No One Is Lost by Stars

No One Is Lost by StarsStars is very much a chameleon. Their albums have swung from bright indie pop to straightforward guitar rock to melancholic chamber pop, and now with their latest album, No One Is Lost, the Canadian quintet heads to the dance floor. Their eighth full-length record seems to document the highs and lows of a night out, and the tracklisting – the surprisingly disco-flavored stomp of “From The Night”, the come down of “Are You OK?” the spike back up of the title track – suggests the natural ebb and flow of a night going well, going wrong, and salvaged. Yes, there’s still that emotional heft, Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell individually drilling down the underlying loneliness of the album – that haze you get in the middle of everybody’s happiness. So, yes, No One Is Lost is a sad album, but it is also a hopeful album. The disco will throw you off, might even turn you off, but it is still your typical Stars album underneath. [NB] | 4/5

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