Of Stars And Other Somebodies by The Silent League is a curious proposition .It has many of the components , for me at least, of a truly great listening experience. Mellotron,s oboe's brass sections , orchestral flourishes the whole nine yards and then some are thrown at these songs , yet somehow it leaves me a little under whelmed . It's the songs(Well Duhhh!!) I've decided after listening to it several times. They just aren't that memorable. It's like having a film full of great actors with a fabulous director but the scripts half baked.
That said this album does have it's moments. "Victim Of Aeroplanes " is an agreeably sprightly number with a fulsome brass backing and a nice effusive and rich sound. "Before You Started" mumbles uninterestingly along for a couple of minutes but the last third where the vocal backing sweeps in is fabulous. "Let It Roll" is a pleasant piano led ballad with increasing incremental detail. "Untied" has another amenable lilting melody while "Out Of Reach" stands out because of its coarser sound and scabrous guitar. "A Dry Hallway" the albums final track is another plaintive ballad with a lullaby arrangement .
Too much of the album though drifts by in a hazy narcotically perfumed wash of diffuse harmony and detailed but unmemorable instrumentation. It's never particauly irksome or jarring but it never lingers or makes you want to listen to it again and you can never ,at least I cant, remember any of the songs once the albums finished. Singer and main songwriter James Russo has a nice enough but again run of the mill higher register voice .
So if its pleasant un-threatening dolorous pop/rock music you want this is excellent. Those of us who want music that lifts the roof off the house rather than ruffles the duvet and plumps up the odd cushion should look elsewhere. The Silent League have got the basics right but they really should learn to shout about it a bit more.