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It's James Walsh's haunting wail that makes your hair stand on end and makes frustrated love so much more hurtful. Barely 21 when he sang on the album, Tie Up My Hands, the opening track on the album will tell you a thing or two about how much feeling Walsh can actually pack into a little over 5 minutes.

Success, as it turns out, came to Starsailor rather easy. Emerging amidst a flurry of activity from the likes of Coldplay and Travis, Starsalior might easily have gone unnoticed. But they didn't. On The Outside marks the return of one of Britain's most appreciated bands. Nothing could stop Starsailor from returning with a reverberating third album. Dousing their more balladesque tendencies, On The Outside is an album dedicated to catching their fans off guard and leaving them in awe.

It did not take long for an already overfed British audience to take heed of Starsailor's talent. Their debut release, Love Is Here (2001) was such a tour de force that it forever secured their place in British music history. Their style, uncomplicated and introspective, quickly caught the attention of the music world. While everyone plays a key role in the creation of their sound, it's James Walsh's haunting wail that makes your hair stand on end and makes frustrated love so much more hurtful. Barely 21 when he sang on the album, Tie Up My Hands, the opening track on the album will tell you a thing or two about how much feeling Walsh can actually pack into a little over 5 minutes.

Love Is Her went multi platinum and the first single, Fever quickly rose to the top of the UK music charts with the album reaching the #2 spot. A sold out UK tour followed with the album eventually selling over 3 million copies worldwide. Starsailor had, within the span of a year, turned into amongst the most successful artists that year.

It was natural, then, that their second album was eagerly awaited. But many felt that the band grossly under delivered with the release of Silence Is Easy (2003). The album was recorded in the middle of touring and the major hype that had engulfed Love Is Here. Even with legendary producer Phil Spector producing two songs on the album, Silence Is Easy and White Dove, the general complaint was that they had gone back to singing about the frustration of love and a more hybrid form of emotional turmoil. In truth, Starsailor had grown both musically and emotionally, but unlike before, they were not charting entirely new ground.

Yet it cannot be said that Silence Is Easy is a bad album. Its musical intimacy and Starsailor's charm will leave no one untouched. But no amount of acoustic love songs against the backdrop of large string arrangements could inspire the true wonder of music fans and critics. Despite the singles Silence Is Easy and Four To The Floor being successful, the band were had fallen to the fate that consumes most bands on their second outing.


You can read the rest of our feature on Starsailor in the October 2005 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.






























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