On the Outside
Remember Travis? Starsailor sure does. That’s whom critics compared the British band to when they released their debut Love is Here behind the strength of the still-gorgeous “Good Souls” in 2001. Five years and a forgotten second album (Silence is Easy from 2004) later, Starsailor returns with On the Outside, a good record with grab-your-collar choruses and an added dash of political consciousness. The guitar-driven anthems about love, faith and conservative culture are as well-written as anything that’s been done recently by Oasis, and heatthrob lead James Walsh has a stunning voice. But will anyone care? Sadly, in the age of Franz and The Strokes, the name of the record may predict exactly where Starsailor will remain.