On The Outside (w/ Bonus DVD) CD (2006)

Artist: Starsailor

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Bouncing back from the adventurous, but somewhat uneven, Silence is Easy, which involved chaotic recordings sessions with mercurial producer Phil Spector (shortly before his arrest on suspicion of murder), Starsailor opted for a more muscular, straight-ahead sound for On The Outside. While the amped-up, guitar-heavy approach renews previous comparisons to Coldplay, the Lancashire, England-based group, fronted by emotive frontman James Walsh, still maintains its own voice on strong tracks such as the soaring "In the Crossfire" and the thoughtful, Hammond-laden "This Time."

The tracklisting for the bonus DVD is as follows:

Making of On the Outside (Short Film), Counterfeit Life (Live LA performance), In My Blood (Live At Somerset House), Tie Up My Hands (Live At Somerset House), Silence is Easy (Live At Somerset House), In the Crossfire (Video) and the 35-minute DVD also features a Photo Gallery.


Starsailor will be touring during the Fall of 06 as a guest of James Blunt. For more details click here.

Specifications

Label Adrenaline Music
SKU 202830887
UPC 875444002428
UPC 14 00875444002428
Format CD
Release Date 8/22/2006
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Author Starsailor
Artist Bio
StarsailorFirst things first. A question: what's the perfect environment to make an album in? Here are a couple of choices. No 1: You're a new British band, you've been on the covers of the music press dozens of times in the space of a year, and your first album's just sold more than 1m copies. Pressure? What pressure? (Well, quite a bit, actually.) No 2: You're a British band, Keane, Coldplay, James Blunt and associated warblers are at the top of the charts, your second album went platinum, but the media glare is on other groups now. Do you panic? Or do you make the record you've always wanted to make?Starsailor have dealt with both these scenarios. They didn't much enjoy the first (when the involvement of a certain legendary record producer proved a decidedly mixed blessing). But they absolutely loved the second. And when you cue up their impassioned new album, On the Outside, you'll see why. Or rather, you'll hear it. It's there, in the first bars of opener, In the Crossfire, with Stel, Barry and Ben haring out of the traps, and James spitting out a quintessential Starsailor lyric: "I don't see myself when I look in the mirror; I see who I should be." It's there, too, on the future live favourites Counterfeit Life and In My Blood, two gospel-tinged tracks that complete a devastating opening triptych. On the unmistakable, colours-to-the-mast Faith Hope Love. On the epic Keep Us Together, whose backing vocals are destined to be taken up by live audiences on the band's forthcoming tour. And on the heartbreaking closer Jeremiah, a song inspired by the still unexplained death of the British student, Jeremiah Duggan, who died fleeing a far-right conference in Germany that he'd unwittingly become caught up in.Some bands get to their third album and have you wishing they'd quit after the first. Others, though, only really come to the boil when they've got the brilliant but incoherent debut album and the high-pressure, written-on-the-road follow-up out of the way. With On the Outside, Starsailor prove emphatically, triumphantly, that they belong to the latter category. Their discography may read: Love is Here, Silence is Easy, On the Outside. But these 11 new tracks, and the confidence and verve with which they dispatch them, sound like the work of a band entering a recording studio for the first time. It's as if some invisible force has added a thickening agent to the pot. The Starsailor you hear on On the Outside - James's vocals and guitar-playing more authoritative and passionate than they've ever been; Stel's inspired, endlessly inventive bass-playing confirming him as in the very top rank; Barry anchoring the new sound with propulsive, euphoric Hammond; Ben powering the band forwards - are four people reconnecting themselves and us with what caused all the excitement in the first place.
Reviews
ReviewSource New Musical Express
Review Just three albums in, and James Walsh and co have got a sound that they could probably win a patent application for - one which they deliver effortlessly and in polished fashion.
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Reviewer Simon Hayes Budgen
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource All Music Guide
Review While the album is impeccably crafted, the songs here lean toward the homogeneous and may take a few spins before such gems as "In My Blood," "Keep Us Together," and "Get Out While You Can" reveal themselves. Fittingly, for listeners who do not alienate themselves on the first spin, On the Outside holds much to offer.
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Reviewer Matt Collar
ReviewRating 7
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MoJo (Nov 2005, p.104) Starsailor find themselves in danger of being lumped in with the much-maligned 'Keaneplay' school of emote-u-like guitar rock. Yet judged on their own merits they are still producing the goods
Uncut A spirited response to their detractors
The Daily Telegraph Their most compelling album yet
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