Stars have long been a giant, romantic alt-rock band, the kind who is given to littering their stage with roses before they perform, then handing them out to the crowd during a show (QRO photos). Ever since their breakout as part of the ‘Canadian Invasion’ at the start of this century/millennium (hailing from Toronto by way of Montreal), the group has been unabashed in their romanticism, though not shirked from the darker side of love. That continues, with maybe some of their brightest lights, on There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light.
That title comes from the record’s clear standout track, “Fluorescent Light”, in the chorus line, “Come out with me tonight / No one falls in love under fluorescent light,” which might be the most Stars line ever. “Light”, the big call to not being “Alone”, and their romantic song to the most romantic state “California, I Love That Name” all give Light some of Stars’ best shine. But there are also some sadder moments, like the smooth evening loss of “Losing to You” and duet storytelling, Francophile cool “We Called It Love”.
By this point, well into their career, Stars could have lost their lust for love, or at least taken a serious detour into different, undoubtedly darker, territory. But they’re still about love, even under fluorescent lights.