Starsailor at the Paradise Rock Club on September 6

A Review of Starsailor at the Paradise Rock Club on September 6, 2006

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It’s not easy for British rockers to match their success across the pond. When Starsailor first hit the American music scene with their first full-length album, Love is Here, after winning Britain’s award for “Best New Band” in 2001, it seemed the band would be able to do so. Many immediately made fair comparisons to their English companions, Coldplay with soaring pianos, acoustic guitars, catchy melodious pop guitar riffs, sing-along lyrics…sounds about right.

Unfortunately, to say that Starsailor’s success as a rock band never quite reached the heights of Chris Martin and friends would be somewhat of an understatement. Either way, Starsailor has been continuing to write and record music like all talented and dedicated musicians will and should do. In 2004 they followed up their debut with Silence is Easy, which got some significant airplay in the States with the hit single, “Four to the Floor”.

The English four-piece balladeers performed at the Paradise Rock Club last Tuesday (September 6) as the band tours in support of their most recent album, On the Outside. They delivered a set of vintage British rock layered in a variety of guitars and soft pianos for the faithful crowd.

Influenced by the likes of musicians such as U2 and Neil Young, you pretty much got what you expected from Starsailor, as they played a variety of older fan favorites well as new material. Guitarist/vocalist, James Walsh, was surprisingly more energetic than one would expect, exemplifying his Neil Young influences, as he swayed during his climactic guitar solos that usually lasted longer than half the song itself.

Highlights from the set included old favorites such as “Four to the Floor” and the title track from Silence is Easy, consisting of pounding pianos matched with an identical drum backbeat and sing-along choruses. They mixed in newer songs off their latest release from 2006 On the Outside including “In the Crossfire,” a head-bobbing power ballad that displayed Walsh’s usual well-concocted vocals and melodies

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