Starsailor - All The Plans
If you're looking for any more reasons to dislike Starsailor, you'll find them in abundance on album number four, which is a continuation of the dull pub-rock sound that they've rarely deviated from during their nine-year career. Midtempo guitar-rock, piano-scattered ballads, pedestrian jangle-pop: it's all here, all topped off with Walsh's forlorn warble and cliched lyrics, which are intended to tug at the heartstrings, but instead bloat the large intenstine. Brief digressions into barren alt-country territory ('Boy In Waiting', 'The Thames') are ineffective, while the 'live' feel of recording only serves to highlight the fact that this is a band infinitely more tolerable when their production is polished and sharp. "We're gonna change the world", exclaims Walsh on monotonous, sub-Embrace thumper 'Listen Up'. Not with this dreadful bilge, they're not.
Review by Lauren Murphy | 09:00 | Thursday 12th March 2009 | Album Review