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  • Audio CD (12 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dew Process
  • ASIN: B0018OAPFW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,451,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Port O'Brien could be this years left field classic. The Oakland duo of Van Pierszalowski and Cambria Goodwin provide a collection of folk tinged pop songs augmented by banjo, cello and violin like Death Cab For Cutie covering The Waterboys. All We Could Do Was Sing follows on from 2007's collection of self-recorded early songs "The Wind and the Swell," which garnered enough praise to raise their profile sufficiently.
The slightly gruff multi- harmonic overload of opening track " I Woke Up Today" is a bit of a misnomer as it hints at a kind of rustic Arcade Fire but this band are actually far more stripped back and confessional than that. There is an intimacy and empathy to this music that hauls them back from the more ostentatious levels of that type of music. Not that there is anything wrong with that mind but this music feels far more personnel and therefore a little more special or is that me being a little precious. Either way this is an album that should be heard.
The sea plays a large briny role in many of these songs ( Van Pierszalowski's spent three month's on his father's fishing trawler in Alaska so it's not too surprising) So songs like "Stuck On A Boat" or "Fisherman's Son" ( another Waterboy,s connection there) are lovely acoustic led laments with strings groaning like shifting timbers. By ways of contrast there is the tangled thickets of electric guitar on "Pigeonholed" -the one song on here that actually outstays it's welcome- or the in your face trembling chords of "Will You Be There?"." The Roof Top Song" recalls past greats like Thin White Rope or Buffalo Tom in their more introspective moments .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Western on 23 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Was introduced to this singer via Uncut magazine with free CD. I am sooooo glad I purchased this album from the one track I had heard on an introductory compilation CD - and can well recommend it - in my opinion there's only one track I'm not too fussy on otherwise it has now become one of our favourite players!!
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By alan on 21 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Good stuff.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jago Wells VINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I came to this album with high hopes.'Indie Folk' sounded just the sort of musical concoction to whet my appetite.Unfortantely....not to put too finer point on it...is was all a bit rubbish ! Extremely dreary songs performed with an almost sixth form college band level of musicianship and produced by someone recruited from a deaf school.The institution not the Scouse band !
Two stars is a bit generous but it's a beautiful morning and I'm in a good mood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Awesome! 17 Feb. 2009
By Guy Smiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I saw the video to Stuck on a Boat and instantly fell in love with the harmonies of that song. After hearing the rest of the album, the other tracks were just as lovable. I love the diversity you get on this album, from the personal stories like Fisherman's Son to the jamming The Rooftop Song. Only the last song in my opinion is weak but who's complaining when the other 10 songs are fantastic. BTW I woke up today has been used for a Dulux promo ad on Aussie TV. Hopefully this ad makes other Aussies love Port O'Brien as much as I do.
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Loved It! 21 Dec. 2008
By D. Coburn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
All We Could Do Was Sing is a solid album and is fun to listen to. It has interesting, soulful vocals, beautiful string arrangements, and delightful variations in rhythms and hues. The song, I Woke Up Today, is pumped full of energy, whereas Stuck on a Boat is a mellow ode full of feeling. It's a good mix with alluring nautical tales and stories for everyone to relate to in a salty dog kind of way. The songs easily slips into your mind and you find yourself smiling.
I love this... 20 May 2009
By joeysurfer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Another great album from Van and crew. These songs will make you happy, smile, and kiss random people.
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Port O'Brien - All We Could Do Was Sing 6 Sept. 2008
By S. D. Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
All We Could Do Was Sing (2008) Port O'Brien's second studio album. ***

The California residents Port O'Brien have churned out an interesting sophomore effort. It's an indie-folk blast reminiscent of the Avett Brothers, Bon Iver, Broken Social Scene, and even Arcade Fire. And although it starts off with intensity and harsh focus, it slowly loses its way (intentionally or not) and crawls towards an end. The anthemic title track sets a great mood of freedom, and the following two cuts establish the album's theme of a yearning soul being trapped by illusionary obligations. But things slip up a bit starting with "Pigeonhold," which seemingly criticizes today's young quasi-hippie crowd, accusing them of stealing the past phenomenon of the 60's and not being as original and free-thinking as they claim to be. An interesting concept, but the band itself sounds like hippies, and thus lines up the hypocritical "I do that, but anyone else who does it is stupid." It may not be true, the members of Port O'Brien might be straight edge, but it's a message not suiting them. After that brief head-turner All We Could Do Was Sing quickly heads downhill into a cycle of pointless jams and boring guitar progressions, and scurries in the last two to three songs to re-vamp the album's themes. While it isn't close to being perfect, Port O'Brien are capable of expressing their ideas eloquently when they aren't thinking too hard.
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