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  • Vinyl (8 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B00005OB08
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Although Love is Here, Starsailor's anxious, soulful folk and urban blues nuanced inaugural album will be less of a culture-shock to any scene-follower who experienced, say, Tom McRae's debut from 2000, it will certainly jolt the core beliefs and common cultural values of the British indie scene. Nothing about Starsailor is remotely alternative--at least not in the conventional interpretation of the word--nor perfunctorily fashionable or juvenescent. Cool dads will appreciate them every bit as much as the hip kids. After all, not only is tender-aged singer James Walsh proud to admit to being influenced by Van Morrison and Tim Buckley--blimey, it's like punk never happened--he is also gifted with a larynx as gnarled, emotionally articulate and demonstratively tremulous as the all-time great and latterly underrated Roger Chapman. Debut or no debut, Love Is Here is an assured classic, the exposition of impending mid-life crises and buttoned-up desperation (typical lyric: "I need to be alone while I suffer") conveyed through an impassioned and distinctly non-rock lexicon of shuffling jazz percussion, metronomic acoustic guitars and keyboards which veer--Ray Manzarek style--between decorative cocktail piano and ice rink organ (courtesy of former crematorium organist Barry Westhead). The gooseflesh frisson of "Tie Up My Hands" and "Poor Misguided Fool" is palpable; the taut, dispirited burnout of "Fever" and "Talk Her Down" fantastically lucid. are Starsailor the future of British pop? Let's bloody hope so. --Kevin Maidment

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justine K on 17 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's strange how some albums just take longer to like. And it's strange how, reading the other reviews, it seems to happen to others as well! Often though, the ones that do take time, stay for a long time, too. I love this album! Walsh's vocals are staggering. They're strong, emotive, gritty, unique... In the last track, Coming Down, he reaches a sound that's a completely different timbre from any other vocalist I've heard. Full of passion, it's a short, simple acoustic track, but the bareness just emphasises the superiority of his voice (I can't understand these people who think he cannot sing; are they deaf??). My highlights are Poor Misguided Fool - its strong, catchy, and has a beautiful piano accompaniment, Talk Her Down (for similar reasons), Love Is Here, and Coming Down.

But how can I not mention the other tracks? They are all so good. The way She Just Wept falls into Talk Her Down is perfect, and Walsh's vocals are also at their best in Talk Her Down. And throughout you have these shuffling, catchy beats, quite jazz-esque (which is Fever all over), well-placed piano parts, and fantastic vocals, akin to Richard Ashcroft. Did I mention that I love his voice?

A top quality album. It's a bit like a seed. You get it, you plant it, and it does nothing. So you forget about it. Then months pass, and it pokes its little head out of the soil (or in my case my appallingly messy CD rack). You decide to give it a go, then suddenly it blooms into a beautiful flower. Splendid!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "funkykid1" on 5 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album only very recently, after a friend recommended it to me. I reluctantly tried it, as his last 'must buy' album proved quite a dissapointment. This time he was spot on. 'Love is Here'is a stunning piece of work, and is one of the best debut albums I own.
The intro song, 'Tie Up My Hands', starts badly, and i thought this album would lack structure, but it changes into a wonderful acoustice piece, which i absolutly love.
It continues with some wonderful acoustic and heavier pieces, my favourite being 'Talk her Down'
I plead with people, if you dont own this album, buy it. It is worth every penny.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing debut album from exciting new talent Starsailor. James Walsh and co are a blend of indie and folk with a pinch of rock and boy does it work. With heart renching lyrics, each track left me breathless as I stuck the album on repeat on my CD player. I had originally bought the album after hearing the delights of 'Good Souls' and then 'Alcoholic', both of which remain strong favourites of mine. Other highlights include 'Poor Misguided Fool' and 'Way to Fall' which leaves you awe-struck. The lyrics are at points painfull and sorrow-filled but there is no doubt whether this music will penetrate you, leaving you with that 'wow' feeling that only good music can. Buy this album immediately, don't even hesitate, it is an essential addition to your collection!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct 2001
Format: Audio CD
Forget the chilled out moods of bands like Coldplay and Travis. This year is the start of something really special..... Four good looking guys from Wigan have produced something of an epic album, which will not be surpressed this year or next!!!
From the opening track to the end song "Comming down" this truly is a masterpiece of emotional heartbreak and sorrow. Not many bands can produce such a sad album, and this is the best of the best.
Every track on the album is a stand out one- from the mellowdramatic bliss of Lullaby to the ear crushing chorus of Good Souls. Every song is special in its own way.
The perfect album for breakups with lovers etc. Stop feeling down, one listen and the mellowed mood with lift you straight up...
A truly special epic album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov 2005
Format: Audio CD
...i knew this band because of their hit 'alcoholic'. to be honest, i weasnt that keen at the start.
However, about 2years after i first became aware of Starsailor's existence, i stumbled across this album; and was so surprised that i actually loved it.
poor misguided fool, fever, acutuallt all the tracks here are amazing; this is an album of classic tunes......well worth having in your collection.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Moore VINE VOICE on 18 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
Once in a while a band comes along that you really connect with. Starsailor are one such band for me. 'Love Is Here' is a marvellous album dripping with classy songs. If I had to pick out any stand out tracks they would be 'Tie Up My Hands', 'Good Souls' and 'Coming Down', but in truth they are all very good.
After hearing this CD, I caught them at the Isle of Wight festival where the absolutely stole the show. Buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stewart Easby on 2 Dec 2004
Format: Audio CD
I had this album for nearly a year before I really took the time to get into it. It is not as instantly likeable as others in this genre, but once you really have listened to it, you can't stop playing it.
Plus there isn't a bad track on it, in fact they all seem to fit together like a good album should. I just love the way the album builds up over the first three tracks before it kicks in with 'Lullaby' - I got a copy for my sister and she took about the same time to get to like it (after my continuous nagging). Buy it, but most of all listen to it lots before deciding if you love it.
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