After a long wait – thanks to some horrible people trying to take advantage of the band – Starling’s hotly awaited second album, Dream Again, is available for download on iTunes and Amazon, plus streaming on Spotify. Building on the success of their debut release, Public Service, Starling has gone one better with this fantastically summery offering. The whole thing bristles with the band’s trademark anthemic style, underpinned by some great orchestral playing.
It was an absolute joy to work with the band again, with the Liverpool Session Orchestra and with Parr Street Studios’ manager Chris Taylor (a great engineer). While the album’s spirit is undoubtedly uplifting overall, Starling have cast their net wide, dipping into some real emotional sweet-spots in twelve great songs. Here are just a few highlights: the blistering time changes in Living a Lie, the beautifully tender Hold On (by far my favourite on recording day!), the electro-like Fall Down and the deliriously cheerful When the Bow Breaks.
Starling are a great bunch who deserve to be heard. They’ve been dragged through the mill over the last year, but I’m really glad to see they’ve come out on top and Dream Again has finally reached the digital shelves. Do make their effort worthwhile and download a copy. Happy listening!