I feel like they did It Gets Better and Stars as a sort of statement maybe? Just them saying hey look, we can do this song stripped down without losing its musicality. Make sense? Great...
Two other things:
-I love when Nate messes up the words in Stars (around 3:45)
-Queen of Slipstream sounds like The Format, and I LOVE it! Even Nate's voice sounds different, to the point where if you told me this was actually a recording he did 5 years ago, I wouldn't second guess you for a second
They are still probably the worst two songs off Some Nights and that is not saying much for me considering how I felt the whole album to be pretty much mediocre. It is nice to hear some of those songs redone. I prefer this version of Stars over that crappy album version.