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3.28 | 43 ratings | 4 reviews | 23% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sirena (4:06)
2. The Restless Waves (5:09)
3. Distant Shore (5:50)
4. Authentic Celestial Music (10:04)
5. Backwards Voyager (4:34)
6. Last Horse on the Sand (4:52)
7. Sea Above, Sky Below (6:04)
8. Black Tide (4:35)
9. Deep Waters (16:27)
10. Ends of the Earth (5:11)

Total Time 66:52

Line-up / Musicians

- Mick Turner / guitar, melodica, loops
- Warren Ellis / violin, viola, piano (10)
- Jim White / drums, percussion

- David Grubbs / harmonium (4,5), piano (4,5,7)

Releases information

Artwork: Mick Turner

CD Anchor & Hope ‎- AH003CD (1998, Australia)

2LP Touch And Go ‎- TG193LP (1998, US)
2LP Touch And Go ‎- TG193 (2009, US)

Digital album

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DIRTY THREE Ocean Songs ratings distribution

(43 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (19%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

DIRTY THREE Ocean Songs reviews

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Review by BrufordFreak
1 stars Having purchased this on the recommendation of the Post Rock collaborators here on PA, I must admit to being quite bored. The three musicians--a strumming electric guitar player, a violinist that gets stuck on repeating some very simply, almost folk/nursery rhyme-familiar melody lines, and a brush drummer who, at times, seems to drift in and out of the same universe as the string players- -at times feel as if they are not even in the same room much less playing the same song (especially with regards to tempo). Now if this were King Crimson or Oceansize or Tool--all of whom love to use polyrhythms in their songs purposely--that would be different. Maybe, like me, the pace is so slow, so boring, that they're taking turns nodding off. Narcoleptics! Songs 2 and 5, in particular, go way off track--and it doesn't sound good, so I don't think it's really intentional. Plus, there isn't enough variety in the music in which to display these musicians' skill. Only enough to put me to sleep. Five to ten times. I'm going to have to give this one one star--for completionists only (though what this album's addition could possibly 'complete' I am unsure.)
Review by Warthur
4 stars Another intriguing lo-fi post-rock piece from Dirty Three, the followup to Horse Stories continues the band's masterful evocation of a unique atmosphere - a collection of threadbare and sparse pieces which put the listener of mind of comfortable but worn-out clothes or ramshackle fishermen's pubs on isolated and windswept coast. We're not talking yo-ho-ho sea shanties here, but there's something about the way the album is structured, with its quiet lulls and occasional stormy exclamations, which suggests to me the cycle of the tides and the rolling waves of the open sea. Once again, Warren Ellis and his compatriots have a winner on their hands.

Latest members reviews

3 stars I saw these guys live once, at the Big Day Out in 1997 (the gig was memorable for Nick Cave turning up and singing "Tupelo" and "Shiver" with them, although I remember hearing complaints about his presence on RRR afterwards). In my usual leisurely way, a mere 22 years later I've finally bought one o ... (read more)

Report this review (#2236114) | Posted by sl75 | Sunday, July 7, 2019 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A jewel is the only word that i can say to define this spectacular piece ,an album that grows and reveal his secrets in every listening, between the delicate and emotive violin lines, the fine guitar (with delicious folk taste) and the inspired (very inspired) drums (spectacular drums! ,an exc ... (read more)

Report this review (#110605) | Posted by | Saturday, February 3, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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