One of the more upbeat moments on an album that wallows endlessly in its own glumness...

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Starsailor : Poor Misguided Fool

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Starsailor : Poor Misguided Fool

The ‘Love Is Here’ album gets pumped for a fifth single – wow, it’s like the ‘Thriller’ of Dadrock! – and out pops ‘Poor Misguided Fool’. One of the more upbeat moments on an album that wallows endlessly in its own glumness, ‘Poor Misguided Fool’ combines disguised drug references with the ’Sailor’s usual soppy pledges of romantic staunchness.

By now, you’ll have made up your mind about whether they’re a) the devil himself or b) God (ie Tim Buckley)’s own keepers of the sensitive white-boy flame. ‘Poor Misguided Fool’ won’t change anything – it’s better than ‘Alcoholic’, but not as good as ‘Good Souls’. But Starsailor are part of the rock landscape now, and they ain’t movin’. So stick that up your jap’s eye, Mogwai.

Alex Needham