Silence is Easy
released: 09.15.03 (UK)
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
burst onto the scene during 2001 in a stellar explosion that makes
Galileo’s recent fiery demise appear quite tame. But silence
has, indeed, been easy for Starsailor, who toured on the back
of Love Is Here and then seemed to hide amongst their
own success. But ignore all the stereotypical fears of the “terrible
second album” because Silence Is Easy produces
just as many gems as their million-selling debut.
times sounding more like Travis than Travis and then bending his
voice to mirror Bono, the diversity of frontman James Walsh is
perpetually remarkable. While the first two tracks, "Music
Was Saved" and "Fidelity", are good, it is only
later when the brilliance we were hoping for starts to shine through.
But shine through it does in tracks such as "Some Of Us"
and the mournful "Shark Food".
while Silence Is Easy maintains a high standard of tracks
throughout its 11 songs, it will be remembered for two absolute
killers which will storm the charts. The first is the title track,
Silence Is Easy, which begins with pulsating chords and
flows into Walsh’s unforgettable chorus.
centre stage, however, is reserved for the two minutes of genius
which is "Bring My Love". Immaculately produced and
lovingly performed, it is a short masterpiece complete with strings,
harmonies and a formidable set of lyrics. It really is a track
that any album would be immensely proud of, although Starsailor
undoubtedly carry it off better than most.
majority of this CD is produced by the band and Danton Supple,
although legendary 60s producer Phil Spector made a comeback with
the title track and "White Dove".
album is much more confidant than the first one,” said Walsh.
“We were a lot more willing to push things and we had a
clear idea of how all the songs should sound.”
sound is good. Starsailor are in a heavenly place.
liked Silence Is Easy...
3. Some Of Us
4. Silence Is Easy
5. Telling Them
6. Shark Food
7. Bring My Love
8. White Dove
9. Four To The Floor
10. Born Again
11. Restless Heart