Electric Picnic 2010 - Stars
Cosby Stage, Friday 3rd Spetember, 9.45pm
Liberally plundering from their now sizeable back catalogue, as well as their new album, the band tear into the songs, living them out onstage. Co-frontperson Amy Milan is an absolutely captivating presence, possessing one of the most beautiful and evocative voices in contemporary music, and providing a brilliant counterpoint to the tortured seriousness of Torquil Campbell.
This is the soundtrack to a million broken hearts, an eternity of thwarted high-school dreams; Stars sing songs of love and sex, life and death, hope and despair, and they sing it for every single one of us.
Electric Dreams: During 'Take me to the Riot', the music reaches an emotional highpoint, and ATL becomes aware that it has a smile plastered over its face, and tears running down its cheeks. This is music.
Ants at my Picnic: There's a guy with a whistle, showing his appreciation by blowing constantly. Somehow, he must be missing the point.
EP Rating: 9/10