January 29, 2004  
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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.

—Mel Wong

Chrome Yellow
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.

—Jamie Straitman



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