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Experimental/Post Metal

3.92 | 124 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars One Song's Inspired

Office of Strategic Influence (OSI) is a side project from the Dream Theater stable.

The sound and feel is not generally as heavy as DT, many of the tracks sounding more like Porcupine Tree. Although there appears to be a lot of "space" for the ambient sounds which prevail on the album, most of the tracks are relatively short.

The exception is the long "ShutDOWN", (yes it is written like that) which is co-written by, Steve Wilson of said Porcupine Tree, who also plays on this track. If this song had appeared on "Stupid Dream" it would have fitted right in.

Overall, while the music is pleasant, it is devoid of any real inspiration, particularly in the song writing department. With a bit more development, some of the tracks could have become more appealing, but as they stand there is a tendency towards dullness.

The bonus CD includes an interesting interpretation of Pink Floyd's "Set the controls for the heart of the sun". Also included are a brief throwaway track "New Mama", and superb 17 minute piece called "The thing that never was". The latter is better and more progressive than anything on original album, meaning that anyone considering obtaining the album must go for the double disc edition.

Disappointingly, the packaging for the limited edition is identical to the standard album, with no reference to the additional tracks at all. An enjoyable album, but far from essential.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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