Sunday, February 15, 2009

Starsailor are back!

Starsailor are among those bands that never got the success and recognition they deserve. They’ve been around for 9 years now and they’re releasing their fourth album All The Plans on March 9th. The album leaked at the end of January, which is very early and probably not a good thing for their record sales, but it gave me the opportunity to get familiar with it way ahead of its release. And believe me, that’s not something I’ll ever complain about ! However, I bought 5 CDs last week to make up for the fact that I downloaded this one… !
If you’re familiar with Starsailor’s universe, you won’t be disappointed with All The Plans. But you won’t be surprised either. While this fourth effort is in no way exploring new paths or trying a new sound, it’s offering great songs in the vein of what they do best: uptempo pop-rock songs and subtle slower tracks.
Starsailor are clearly playing it safe on this one, returning to the comfort zone of their first two albums Love Is Here and Silence Is Easy, while their previous one On The Outside was a little more punchy and clearly focused on power rock anthems.
The fact the album opens with the first single Tell Me It’s Not Over is to an extent very consistent: it clearly shows the band is aiming at showcasing what they’ve been famous for. The song is a catchy starsailor-esque rock track which fits perfectly alongside Poor Misguided Fool, Silence Is Easy and In The Crossfire.
Boy In Waiting, The Thames and All The Plans contribute in the overall quality of the record by proving how good these guys are at nailing great melodies, while Stars And Stripes and You Never Get What You Deserve are other standouts. James Walsh’s voice really makes wonders on most of the songs. It’s clear and strong but you can hear fragility and delicacy at the same time.

If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you’ll get a five-track EP made of songs that didn’t make the cut on All The Plans.
The single, Tell Me It’s Not Over, will be available on March 2nd in the UK, in various formats and with 2 B-Sides (In Their World and All The Plans which is a reworked version with Ronnie Woods from the Rolling Stones on guitar). This time around the band also asked Stuart Price (aka Jacques Lu Cont or The Thin White Duke, the mangenius behind Madonna’s Confessions On A Dancefloor) to remix the single, just as he did for Four To The Floor, turning it into a huge club hit and an #1 hit in France!

Don’t forget to buy All The Plans on March 9th through iTunes, 7 Digital or any record shop. Side note: CDs are way too cool to die. I want to be able to buy some all my life.

Here is the video for Tell Me It’s Not Over

Some great Starsailor tracks from their previous albums, in case you don’t know the band! Unfortunately not all tracks are available on Imeem, so it's not as complete as I hoped it would be... Anyway check their great cover of Sugababes' Push The Button, as well as some tracks from All The Plans.


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