You will be an alcoholic after listening to this lot - Advantages: the lead singer is rather cute, er....thats it. - Disadvantages: the lead singer sounds like hes about to burst into tears when he sings, the only band more boring than the stereophonics
“Some of your weaker friends get in my way…Some of your weaker friends don’t want me around.” So continues the life of Starsailor. Best new band according to those who say and up to now, by those who buy and listen as well. But why is everyone waiting for the backlash? Why are you all polishing the knives in anticipation? Why do you denounce the lack of originality? ORIGINALITY IS WORTHLESS. Can’t you remember the Laser Disc or Max Headroom? Yes, it isn’t original. Yes, it’s part of the current climate. Yes, it’s very Buckley-esque (both of them). So What. James Walsh has opted for the latter and most sensible option by keeping his mouth shut and opting to let his music do the talking. And there is very little between song banter, which is a considerable plus given the impossible task of following up such heart-wrenching beauty of “Lullaby” with a few anecdotes. Through the melody and mellow acoustic bliss which lays out the Starsailor dynamics, the over-powering force of this band becomes apparent and not since Liam Gallagher folded his hands behind his back and raised his mouth upwards has this been in evidence: James Walsh has a voice to die for. And cry for. Doubtless it’s been turned up in the mix, but the young front man belts out ballads and harmonies with such passion and elegant force that there’s no need for any of his band to join in. You don’t even notice if they do. From the low groove of “Fever”, right through to the anthemic climax of “Good Souls” Walsh places himself on such a pedestal that even the shaven-headed goth returning from the gents has to admit that he’s quite good. A solo rendition of album swan song “Coming Down” can’t even blot his copybook. James Walsh deserves to be a star and it seems that he already is given the packed throng in attendance tonight. If they can keep it
up there’s no telling how far Starsailor can go. You didn’t read it here first, but it will be a long while before you read it anywhere last.
Starsailor took their name from the Tim Buckly album of the same name. They are a newish boy band who came from Chorley in the North West of England. Starsailor have been dubbed as the brightest British new band of the year. Their singer singwriter is Jmes Walsh, who is only twenty years old, and has a beautiful voice. Up to date they have had two top twenty hits, their first one was "Fever", followed by "Good Soul". Their third hit single is "Alcoholics", which their lead singer James Walsh wrote himself, it is about alcoholics he had met thorugh being out and about, in every day life. They have just released a new album called "Love is Blind", this is a really good album with some brilliant records on it. The ones that I think are brilliant and really stand out are "Tie Up My Hands", and "She Just Wept". I hope it gets into the top twenty album charts as it really is an excellent album. They are going to do a tour of Britain in the middle of October, followed in the beginning of November with a tour of Europe. I think they are good, I don't normally like boy bands, such as Westlife, but I like these and for anybody else that likes Starsailor I suggest you buy the album.
This review is really about the forthcoming album, Love is Here, I could not find this category on the site. Although Love Is Here, Starsailor's anxious, soulful folk and urban blues nuanced inaugural album will be less of a culture shock to any scene-follower who experienced, say, Tom McRae's debut from 2000, it will certainly jolt the core beliefs and common cultural values of the British indie scene. Nothing about Starsailor is remotely alternative--at least not in the conventional interpretation of the word--nor perfunctorily fashionable or juvenescent. Cool dads will appreciate them every bit as much as the hip kids. After all, not only is tender-aged singer James Walsh proud to admit to being influenced by Van Morrison and Tim Buckley--blimey, it's like punk never happened--he is also gifted with a larynx as gnarled, emotionally articulate and demonstratively tremulous as the all-time great and latterly underrated Roger Chapman. Debut or no debut, Love Is Here is an assured classic, the exposition of impending mid-life crises and buttoned-up desperation (typical lyric: "I need to be alone while I suffer") conveyed through an impassioned and distinctly non-rock lexicon of shuffling jazz percussion, metronomic acoustic guitars and keyboards which veer--Ray Manzarek style--between decorative cocktail piano and ice rink organ (courtesy of former crematorium organist Barry Westhead). The gooseflesh frisson of "Tie Up My Hands" and "Poor Misguided Fool" is palpable, the taut, dispirited burnout of "Fever" and "Talk Her Down" fantastically lucid. Are Starsailor the future of British pop? Let's bloody hope so.
I can't believe this is only the second opinion on dooyoo on Starsailor. They are a fantastic band. Very much from the Buckley inspired Coldplay mould. Their debut single Fever EP is excellent and has 3 of the most brilliant songs on it it includes Coming Down and Love is Here and charted at no. 18. James Walsh' vocals are the most powerful instrument in the band. They have the potential to be as good as Coldplay. They are a highly rated band but you have to remember that the Fever single is their demo tape on CD and have very little material around. If they can produce stuff like Fever they will be a brilliant band. If you haven't heard them yet go out and buy it or find it on Napster or audiogalaxy.com
I'm not too surprised that I'm the first person to write a review on Starsailor. However, having said that, I do hope there are many people out there who have been hooked to this band. For anyone who doesn't know, Starsailor is a Tim Buckley LP. James Walsh, apparently, was listening to lots of not bad music, when he discovered Jeff Buckley, and became a fanatic on Tim B, Van Morrisn etc... The thing about those people is that they TOUCHED him. And James wanted to be able to do this too. He wanted to move people's hearts; to have a quintessential, mystical power over a person. And, trust me Starsailor have/will do just that. You have to buy their debut single: Fever. Two things about Fever which makes it so wonderous (considering that it is beautifuly hand-crafted and a would be the 10 year master-piece for many a band): All it is is their demo tape put on CD! They haven't even recorded an album, this is more the product of mass hype and praise. The other thing is that it does NOT sound like a key-track, backed by a couple of half-hearted attempts at getting value for money. Oh-no, you see, Starsailor had the great idea that they could make it sound like the first three songs of an album just gone paltinum with a Mercury. If you are reading this, you may be slightly cynical over the hype surrounding Starsailor. Nor would I blame you. But trust me and the NME (who at the recent Brats ceremony awarded Starsailor with the 'Brightest Hope for 2001', aswell as numerous bits of praise in the magasine itself,) on this one. Possibel quibble #2: Hey! this sounds like that excessively boring NAM (New Accoustic Movemnt) rubbish. Well, you could be right. But really, leave the NAM to 'Kings of Convinience' (I'd be the first to say that they could be slightly more adventurous), 'Lowgold' (who really were over-hyped, and have now left every music-publication in the country with a bit of a problem)
, 'Elbow' and 'Alfie' (the latter is great). I would say that Starsailor are slightly different. It isn't one man and his folk guitar, with a drummer trying ever-so carefully not to hit too hard so we can hear the over-calculated quivering half-whisper of a singer. James has a superb voice, like a Buckley, or more accurately the Verve's Richard Ashcroft. Another important thing to say is, Starsailor are very bluesy aswell. Perhaps they'll kick-start the NBM (Nu-Bluez Moovmant). Remember, now that Starsilor are getting so much (and it's under a year since their first gig), there is the back-lash.Is it justified though? I think it's unfair. Coldplay are bed-wetters, Travis are whiney, Oasis are panto, Suede are camp, Muse is a Radiohead tribute band. Certain allogations may have SOME truth, but remember, not every mis-informed Limp Wristed fan is going to understand the hidden magiks of James and his cosmic group. Certain critics will toss a coin to see wether they are worthy of their support. Others are angry that it'll take 'Blueberry-Funk' a decade to recieve what Starsailor are getting. And then not everybody will genuinely like this band. Their call. But don't listen to me. Don't even scrounge for NME back issues with news on them. The only way to find the essence of this folk/blues/indie band is to see (HEAR) them yourself. Buy the record. See them live. Say good bye to what you thought. They forging their own path. That's what makes them so special. The price I have put down is relevant to the single: 'Fever'.