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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.04 | 288 ratings

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4 stars Alternative prog of the highest quality.

I don't like alternative rock with long orchestrations and a couple of experimentation so called "prog" as Radiohead or Dredg, but I have to say Oceansize is one of those bands and they are very good in what they are doing. If you are looking for an alternative rock sound with some moody vibes and changes between depressive tunes and heavy explosive rock with not so complex arrangements but well constructed songs, here you have a good album to start... so, let's see...

The album is plagued by guitar tunes and an average singer who can sings very soft and melodic (in an alternative way) and then give good raw scream-edge rocking voice which is nice because the music tends to travel from moody ballads to heavy rock. There's a couple of keyboards here and there and the drums and bass makes a decent work to put it all together and give an entertaining time while you will feel too mainstream for times but the instrumental parts will show you that you have a serious band here doing music in a very good musical way...

Catalyst and You Wish are the highlights of the album, but there's plenty material to anyone who is in the route of Porcupine Tree or Dredg, but I insist this band and this album has much more to offer, the production is tip top, very clean and well balanced. And extra advice is that you most listen to it when you want to relax a bit, because the moody parts are touching and very melancholic so you can dive in and let you go? it's a good exercise for after the work, but don't hear it if you are too rushed out, It won't feel the same...

Their album Frames is better, but here you have good piece of music that deserves a place in your collection... 4 stars for a good band who promises a lot still...

jampa17 | 4/5 |


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