Silence Is Easy
First Appeared in The Music Box, July 2004, Volume 11, #7
Written by John Metzger
Phil Spector may have produced only two of the tracks on Starsailorís sophomore effort Silence Is Easy, but his presence fills every nook and cranny of the album. Swooping strings cascade down the giant wall of sound created by layers of guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards as Spectorís ornate í60s pop style is updated for the new millennium. Indeed, thereís as much Travis embedded in the music as there is Darlene Love or The Ronettes, though U2ís mega-selling classic All That You Canít Leave Behind also weighs heavily upon the collectionís super-sized songs. Elsewhere, Four to the Floor fuses Philly soul with U2ís dance-crazed DiscothŤque, and amidst the albumís more folk-oriented strains, frontman James Walsh unleashes his emotive, Jeff Buckley-like wails with all the melodramatic yearning he can muster. Granted, Silence Is Easy isnít quite on par with the gems crafted by Starsailorís predecessors, but it is an outing full of experimental growth, one that demonstrates the bandís restless energy as well as its knack for delivering passionately infectious anthems with enormously graceful exuberance.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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