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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.05 | 286 ratings

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4 stars It's always hard to follow up a brilliant debut.

And while 'Everyone Into Position' is an excellent album in parts, to my ear it does not have the outstanding creative spark of 'Effloresce'. It sounds a little less focused, a little more processed, even a little sleepier; that nonchalant, slightly detached post-rock feel. It certainly doesn't draw me in like their debut.

That said, there are no duff tracks. Oh yes, there's a pre-track track, but if they're going to make it hard to listen to, I'm not going to bother. 'The Charm Offensive' is a great if slow start, finally resolving into something of interest after a minute or so. The track winds up into something very satisfactory indeed. 'Heaven Alive' reminds me of DEVIN TOWNSEND and COHEED AND CAMBRIA when it should be reminding me of OCEANSIZE. That said, it cranks along nicely and has a satisfying chorus. 'A Homage To A Shame' is darker and meaner, OCEANSIZE finally showing their teeth, just when I thought they'd had them pulled. 'Meredith' and 'Music For a Nurse' settle back into what has rapidly become OCEANSIZE's default position, a sort of alt/post-rock blend. Neither of these tracks appeal to me.

'New Pin' does though. An excellent single. 'No Tomorrow' crunches along nicely, but isn't that memorable, unlike the last two tracks, both excellent in their way. Specific praise must be reserved for the last track, 'Ornament/The Last Wrongs', which is the standout track on the album, and would have fitted very nicely on their debut. Finally a memorable melody.

I regard their debut as a far finer record than this, and in that I'm in a minority. Nevertheless, both albums are well worth purchasing by those with an interest in the development of progressive rock. There's nothing here that will charm those determined to remain focused on the 1970s, but those who enjoy any sort of metal, TOOL fans and those who enjoy modern music and production would be advised to give these albums a listen.

russellk | 4/5 |


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