If there's one thing to take away from Stars' new album, The North, it's that there is no predicting just what a band is capable of delivering. The Five Ghosts was a solid enough debut indie album, showing definite potential, but for no discernible reason, it didn't seem to have much repeat value. But all of that's changed on The North. With the simple addition of 80's-style synthesizers, Stars has managed to truly solidify their sound, creating an album that is incredibly relaxing, with subtle leanings in a more indie/pop direction. Even the harmonized vocals hold more weight than before, accentuating the dynamics of each song perfectly. So if anyone who has yet to listen Stars, or has been hesitant to give them a real chance, now is the time to do so. If they continue to progress this way with future release, there's no telling what they're capable of delivering.