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The Stills Album Reviews 4out of 5
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Logic Will Break Your Heart

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Close your eyes and you could be forgiven for thinking that The Stills are yet another product of the NYC scene. Their music - which treads the middle ground between Interpol's doomy intensity and Longwave's more commercially-orientated widescreen rock - certainly supports this view. In actual fact the group hail from Montreal and they are proud enough to dedicate one of their tracks to the city. Keen music followers will probably already be familiar with 'Still In Love Song' but in the context of the overall feel of the album it sounds like an over-reverential tribute to the grimy post-punk UK scene. There is definitely a lot more to the band than that. 'Gender Bombs' sets the tone with its huge percussive loops heralding an almost comforting melodic strength. 'Changes Are No Good', 'Of Montreal' and 'Fevered' are based on brilliant chord changes. Whilst it's fair to say that Tim Fletcher's vocals occasionally lack a personality, he is accompanied by a dense framework of guitars and rhythm from the other band members which more than make up for any vocal shortfalls, yet on the tightly-wound tension of 'Animals And Insects' the frontman is on top form. This is Canada's answer to Sheffield's Comsat Angels and that can't be a bad thing.
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01 Lola Stars And Stripes
02 Gender Bombs
03 Changes Are No Good
04 Love And Death
05 Of Montreal
06 Ready For It
07 Let's Roll
08 Allison Krausse
Standout Track Animals And Insects
10 Still In Love Song
11 Fevered
12 Yesterday Never Tomorrow

Standout Track = Standout Track

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Also Recommended:
Comsat Angels, The - From Beyond 2, My Minds Eye
Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights, Antics
Longwave - The Strangest Things
New Rhodes - Songs From The Lodge
Protokoll - Protokoll
Seldon Plan, The - Making Circles
Stills, The - Without Feathers
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