ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Silence Is Easy
If silence is easy, then making music must be really hard because Brit-pop
band Starsailor have some difficulty on their second album. The band seems
to be running low on musical inspiration — opener “Music Was Saved” sounds
like a children’s sing-along, with its simple, repetitive melody.
That doesn’t stop vocalist James Walsh from whining with his nasal voice,
which is unfortunate because he overpowers Barry Westhead’s melodic keyboard
lines, making the band’s music prettier than most other Brit poppers’.
The strings on “Bring My Love” give power and movement to the
music, but it doesn’t bode well for a band when the highlight of the
album is made by someone not actually in the band.
Red Light Runners
Norther Light Records
Red Light Runners is an impressive blend of rock and alternative,
and through original songs and lyrics, manages to represent each
member’s unique musical capacity.
The tracks shuffle naturally between old and new in search of
a refreshing beat; the result is a sound comparable to bands ranging
from the Allman Brothers to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“Take Off Your Cool” is a catchy tune that will leave
you humming lyrics like, “I wanna be on the edge of your
love.” “Electric Eyes” combines a subtle mix
of rock and alternative.
Overall, Chrome Yellow offers a fresh, upbeat sound to conquer
that frigid winter weather.