On The Outside - Starsailor
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  • Summary: Rob Schnapf produced album number three for the James Walsh-led band.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. A commanding return. [Nov 2005, p.131]
  2. 70
    Starsailor find themselves in danger of being lumped in with the much-maligned 'Keaneplay' school of emote-u-like guitar rock. Yet judged on their own merits they are still producing the goods. [Nov 2005, p.104]
  3. They're a confident band, but the tragedy is they're at the top of someone else's game.
  4. By merely keeping up, they don't do much to separate themselves from the flock of young bands crossing the Atlantic -- again and again.
  5. Nothing on On The Outside is truly awful--it's just, well, good, which these days, isn't quite enough to get the attention of a well and truly fickle nation.
  6. 50
    Finds a band in utter denial of what is precisely its appeal. [Sep 2006, p.143]
  7. 40
    Unleashes a torrent of bloated, if occasionally lovely, romantic anthems that aspire to cosmic insight, yet settle for greeting-card corn. [Sep 2006, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. TiagoD.
    Jan 6, 2008
    10
    how can this album be bad? this album is the best album i've ever heard in my life!
  2. May 12, 2013
    8
    Something of a return to form for Starsailor. After the mediocre Silence is Easy the band once again opt for a commercial American soundingSomething of a return to form for Starsailor. After the mediocre Silence is Easy the band once again opt for a commercial American sounding record but instead of the epic instrumentation of that album, On The Outside chooses a more alt-rock sound and surprisingly it works. Despite James Walsh and his particularly high, deadpan vocal delivery the dynamic between his voice and the heavier music actually works well, but the vocals are an acquired taste for this particular record and the overall difference in musical structure and direction can alienate some previous fans. Expand
  3. May 7, 2012
    6
    I would probably describe this as 'not bad', they sound like a band stuck in the 90s, cheap guitar effects with songs which aren't at all badI would probably describe this as 'not bad', they sound like a band stuck in the 90s, cheap guitar effects with songs which aren't at all bad but just seem to pass you by without making any impression. Its a shame as James Walsh has an outstanding voice and I think its what saves this album but Love Is Here is better. Expand
  4. EddieJ.
    Sep 14, 2006
    3
    Well it's rather bad.