On this 2007 follow-up to its acclaimed SET YOURSELF ON FIRE, the Canadian indie-rock ensemble Stars wander further into pop territory. Along with Feist, the group is clearly one of the most accessible acts in the Broken Social Scene collective, a notion that it runs with on bright, dramatic tunes such as "The Night Starts Here," a lush, synth-pop number, and the sweeping, string-laden title track. While the band seems most at home with ornate, keyboard-driven arrangements (see the lightly funky "My Favourite Book," which showcases Millan's breathy voice), Stars also indulge in occasional guitar-heavy moments, as best evinced during the frenzied six-string solo at the end of "Window Bird." Although not as consistent as FIRE, IN OUR BEDROOM AFTER THE WAR is a boldly ambitious outing that will certainly please many of Stars' ardent fans.
Rolling Stone (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Amy Milian's mournful voice takes center stage in torch ballads like 'Window Bird.'"
Spin (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Milian soars on the big chorus of the otherwise understated 'Bitches in Tokyo'..."
Uncut (p.123) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The Feist-like 'My Favourite Book' and the triumphant 'Today Will Be Better, I Swear!' are songs of rare craft..."
Alternative Press (p.163) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he title track is the band's biggest, boldest statement yet, a heartbroken ballad whose inside-out optimism raises it to a heavenly height."