Stars, Do You Trust Your Friends?

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

How do you follow up an indie-pop classic? You let your friends destroy all the hard work that you did in a remix extravaganza, of course. Or that's what happens on Stars'Do You Trust Your Friends?, at least. Luckily, those aforementioned talents are both delicate and brutal in varying measures, taking the group's originals into unexpected places. Metric takes “He Lied About Death” and reimagines it as a Philip Glass scored pop song, while The Most Serene Republic put an acoustic twang on the previously electrified “Ageless Beauty.” The Dears, meanwhile, take two cracks at “What I'm Trying to Say” and emerge with a classic on the second try: finding gold in Amy Millan's angelic vocals and looped synths.