Silence Is Easy

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Silence Is Easy
Silenceiseasy.jpg
Studio album by
Released15 September 2003
Length39:35
LabelEMI
Producer
Starsailor chronology
Love Is Here
(2001)
Silence Is Easy
(2003)
On the Outside
(2005)
Singles from Silence Is Easy
  1. "Silence Is Easy"
    Released: 1 September 2003
  2. "Born Again"
    Released: 17 November 2003
  3. "Four to the Floor"
    Released: 1 March 2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic53/100 link
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars link
Drowned in Sound3/10 link
Entertainment.ie4/5 stars link
The Guardian3/5 stars link
Pitchfork4.9/10 link
Robert Christgau(dud) link
Rolling Stone2/5 stars link
The Times1/5 stars link
Uncut2/5 stars link
Yahoo Music3/10 stars link

Silence Is Easy is the second studio album by English indie rock group Starsailor, released in September 2003 on EMI Records. The album cover is loosely based on Echo & the Bunnymen's Heaven Up Here. The song "Some of Us" was featured in an episode of Bones titled "A Boy in a Bush"[1] and in the closing credits of the Belgian film The Memory of a Killer (a.k.a. The Alzheimer Case). The album contains some of the last productions by Phil Spector before his murder conviction and imprisonment in 2009 ("Silence Is Easy" and "White Dove"). The album sold 54,296 copies on its opening week of release, charting at No. 2 on the UK Albums Chart. It was certified gold in the UK in 2003.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Music Was Saved"2:59
2."Fidelity"2:22
3."Some of Us"3:37
4."Silence Is Easy"3:40
5."Telling Them"4:51
6."Shark Food"3:35
7."Bring My Love"2:20
8."White Dove"3:52
9."Four to the Floor"4:13
10."Born Again"6:03
11."Restless Heart"2:03
North American bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
12."Could You Be Mine?"3:33
13."At the End of a Show"4:12
Limited edition bonus CD
No.TitleLength
1."Four to the Floor" (Thin White Duke Remix)8:11
2."Four to the Floor" (Soulsavers Mix)5:12
3."Poor Misguided Fool" (Soulsavers Remix)4:39
4."Good Souls" (Two Lone Swordsmen Remix)5:50
5."Good Souls" (Echoboy Remix)5:17
6."Good Souls" (Soulsavers Remix)5:37

Personnel[edit]

  • Ben Byrne – drums
  • James 'Stel' Stelfox – bass guitar
  • James Walsh – vocals, guitar
  • Barry Westhead – keyboards
  • Percussion: Luis Jardim
  • Double bass: Arnulf Lindner
  • Violins: Ruth Gottilieb, Gillon Cameron, Howard Gott, Wendy De St Paer, louise Peacock, Brian Wright, Claire Raybould, Katherine Watmough, Tim Myall, Anna Giddey, Catherine Browning, Alison Blunt, Calina De La Mare, Anna Morris, Gini Ball and Sally Herbert
  • Violas: Rob Spriggs, Vince Greene, Sophie Sirota, Emily Frith, Lucy Theo and Fiona Friffith
  • Cellos: Sarah Willson, Helen Thomas, Andy Nice, Ian Burdge and Emily Isaac

Production

  • Producer: Danton Supple, Starsailor, John Leckie, Mark Aubrey, Phil Spector
  • Engineer: Danton Supple, Mark Aubrey, John Leckie and Chris Brown
  • Additional engineer: Britt Myers
  • Programmer John Dunne
  • Mixer: Michael H. Brauer, The Soulsavers
  • Assistance: Nathaniel Chan
  • Mastering: Greg Calbi, Miles Showell
  • String arrangements: Leo Abrahams
  • Art direction: Yacht Associates
  • Photograph: Rick Guest

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[3] 17
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[4] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[5] 25
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[6] 17
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[7] 31
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 40
French Albums (SNEP)[9] 47
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 20
Irish Albums (IRMA)[11] 25
Italian Albums (FIMI)[12] 13
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[13] 35
Scottish Albums (OCC)[14] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[2] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bones Music season 1
  2. ^ a b "British album certifications – Starsailor – Silence Is Easy". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2 September 2020. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Silence Is Easy in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Starsailor – Silence Is Easy" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Starsailor – Silence Is Easy" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Starsailor – Silence Is Easy" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Danishcharts.dk – Starsailor – Silence Is Easy". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Starsailor – Silence Is Easy" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Starsailor: Silence Is Easy" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com – Starsailor – Silence Is Easy". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Starsailor – Silence Is Easy" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Starsailor". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Starsailor – Silence Is Easy". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Starsailor – Silence Is Easy". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Starsailor – Silence Is Easy". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  16. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 September 2020.