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Starsailor

Although Starsailor took their name from the title of a 1970 Tim Buckley album, they're usually compared to Radiohead. Like Buckley and Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Starsailor frontman James Walsh employs an emotive, multi-octave vocal style that drips with hope, longing and despair. Formed in Chorley, England, Starsailor played their first London show in April 2000. The concert evoked an immediate reaction, and they were signed to EMI a few months later. The band's first single, "Fever," generated acclaim in the U.K., but it was its follow-up, the stunning "Good Souls," that proved Starsailor were more than just Radiohead lite. The group cemented that reputation in the U.K., at least -- on their full-length debut, 2002's Love Is Here. The band made inroads in the U.S. via a mini tour with the Doves and then again on their own, but they have yet to break out beyond the college and Anglophile markets.

Starsailor Concert Films

  • Love is Here: Live

    Starsailor

    Year: 2001

    Runtime: 1 hr 17 min

    Some would say that Starsailor are Chorley's biggest contribution to modern culture since the opening of the nearby Charnock Richard M6 motorway services in the 1960s. Like the aforementioned favourite resting point for Blackpool day-trippers Love Is Here (Live), will become a solid, long-stay favourite for fans. Recorded in November 2001, one month after the release of their debut album and while they were still being lauded as "the next big thing", the main feature is a live run through of the album. New composition "Some of Us" and the B-side "From a Whisper to a Scream" are also performed, along with versions of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Elton John's "Rocket Man". The concert footage and the audio (Dolby 5.1) are of a high quality, and breakthrough tracks "Poor Misguided Fool" and "Alcoholic" sound stunning. The show is hampered, though, by the limited material the guys can draw upon, and Walsh's repetitive melancholic delivery of existing songs. What does become apparent is that after a couple more albums and a little more musical experimentation Starsailor are on course to be live giants.
     
     

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