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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: 404,857 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

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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9 of 10 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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16 of 18 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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8 of 9 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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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ken.moy@siemens.ie on 24 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Forget the media's cynicism. Forget Travis, forget Coldplay. Where Coldplay ventured on Trouble, Starsailor run riot. This is an album of 12 beautifully honest songs, of which many are potential singles. The heartbreaking 'Love is Here', the desolately tender 'She just Wept', the soothing 'Fever' & the anthemic 'Good Souls'. Simple songs that have been done before maybe, made sound as natural & easy as these guys do, maybe not. Although infants to the music industry, the potency in their songs (largely because of James Walsh's epic vocals) connects to that place the contemporary music industry likes to ignore - the heart. I had high hopes for this album & I am not let down. James Walsh's voice gets into your soul, shakes it up just like all the greats before him. If what turns you on is the Buckleys, the Verve, Neil Young or just plain ol' honest, touching, soul music from a guitar - you must hear this. Superb.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Sept. 2001
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In a more and more faceless music scene, Starsailor really show their true-selves. Compared to the current nu-metal & bubble-gum pop offerings this is pure emotion. Just looking at the singles, there is a wide array of feelings: Fever, slowly brewing; Good Souls' rising anthemic status; Alchoholic, simple but full of meaning.
Add the other tracks like Coming Down and Tie Up My Hands, and this album is a hard hitter.
Add the fact that James voice is amazing (live and on record) and this record is going to be in the top ten of the year list easily.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is a must have album for any music lover! The only words that can describe this masterpeice are 'Beautiful, Original, Class'. It's beatiful because of the clever lyrics about life (in songs such as 'Good Souls, Poor Misguided Fool and Alcoholic'). This albums is like a combination of Radiohead, Stereophonics, Travis and Coldplay all rolled into one. I can listnen to this album over and over again.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Finally, an albun that really makes you sit up and take notice. Starsailor are a relatively new band, but their debut album is incredible. All 11 tracks are brilliantly executed, and that mixture of acoustic and organ is amazingly soulful. 'Lullaby' is lilting and bordering on the insane - crazy and passionate - whilst 'Alcoholic' has a marvellously grim feel to it. But the gem in this album has to be 'She Just Wept,' a slow, sad, acoustic song, with a dull drum in the background that seems to go straight through your soul ... I know I'm ranting, but trust me, all in good reason.
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