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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.06 | 300 ratings

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4 stars This and Porcupine Tree's Stupid Dream are at about the same four star level. Probably in my top 15, but not my favorite album ever. With that obscure reference, I begin my review.

Maybe it's because this album hit me at exactly the right time and managed to sum up the sounds of my own life so perfectly. Maybe because of the diversity...the great production, the excellent musicianship...whatever it is, it has made me love this album. Yes, this album is more streamlined and more accessible than Effloresce, but in my opinion that's exactly what Oceansize needed to do. They just made this album work on so many levels.

Songs like Meredith, Music for a Nurse and Ornament / The Last Wrongs are perfect mood changer songs. Whether it's the hopeful and beautiful melodies of MfaN, the pure depression and dark edge of Meredith or the just all out feel good vibes of The Last Wrongs, it works perfectly. The Last Wrongs is my second favorite closer ever, being barely beaten out by Stop Swimming. It's the polar opposite of Stop Swimming though, whereas Stop Swimming could make me depressed for hours, this song just brightens my entire day and sets me off afresh.

Meanwhile, The Charm Offensive is an excellent opener, full of 90s guitar and laid- back multi-angled guitar melodies. Heaven Alive is pretty much the single, catchy, cool as hell and infectious. It does really a bit too much on its chorus, however. The heavy Home To A Shame is a relentless three-guitar assault that is pretty reminiscent of Tool's most recent effort Lateralus. New Pin is another pretty accessible song, but it's got a great electronic beat about it and works even better than Heaven Alive. No Tomorrow is a well-done conglamoration of all styles seen on the album so far, and it works nicely. Mine Host is slow and is simply a breather. You Can't Keep A Bad Man Down is probably the worst song on the album, but not horrid. And The Last Wrongs... perfect.

What a well done album, good job, Oceansize.

FishyMonkey | 4/5 |


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