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Effloresce

Oceansize Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Oceansize are a five-piece rock group formed in Manchester, England, in 1998. The band consists of Mike Vennart (vocals, guitar), Steve Durose (guitar, backing vocals), Richard "Gambler" Ingram (guitar, keyboards), Mark Heron (drums) and Steve Hodson (bass). To date, the band have released four studio albums in addition to a number of minor EPs and singles. The band can be ... Read more in Amazon's Oceansize Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B0000ALSG1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Am The Morning
2. Catalyst
3. One Day All This Will Be Yours
4. Massive Bereavement
5. Rinsed
6. You Wish
7. Remember Where You Are
8. Amputee
9. Unravel
10. Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs
11. Saturday Morning Breakfast Show
12. Long Forgotten

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As if in answer to the current mania for scrappy garage rock, Manchester's Oceansize deliver a debut album of an immensity to match their name with Effloresce. Immediately, they set out their store, the opening instrumental "I Am the Morning" rising from a pretty tinkling to a quite awesome three-guitar prog-rock crescendo. And then it gets bigger, the multi-faceted "Catalyst" raising the tension with numerous false starts before taking off for real. The following "One Day All This Could Be Yours" is another mind-blitz, its muted, very English harmonies recalling Pink Floyd, while the constantly mutating, 10-minute "Massive Bereavement", with backing vocals courtesy of Claire Lemmon from the criminally under-rated Sidi Bou Said, approaches the spacey sci-fi and crunching metallics of prime-era King Crimson. Amazingly, its power is matched by two other caustic monsters, "You Wish" and "Saturday Morning Breakfast Show".

Though Effloresce is not wholly about the gradual construction of complex space-rock freak-outs--the soft, bassy "Rinsed" and moody piano piece "Unravel" do change the mood--at 75 minutes, it does become a tad indigestible. Then again, any band that figures Andrew Eldritch so prominently in their "thank you" list is bound to go over-the-top. Having climbed so high so quickly, it'll be fascinating to see where Oceansize could possibly go next. --Dominic Wills


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immense 28 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
How do you describe this band? One moment they sound like Mogwai, then they remind you of Radiohead and then they just pull off a huge guitar riff that shouts out influences of Nirvana. It's a beautiful hybrid of post rock and grunge.
This album kicks off with the beautiful instrumental 'You Are the Morning', which is basically Mogwai with slightly more electronics thrown into the mix. But as the metallic 'tinging' outro of this track ends, we are thrown headfirst straight into the monster riff of 'Catalyst'. But then if you thought that the song was simply going to be one of their 'loud numbers', you were wrong. Suddenly the guitars fall away and singer Mike Vennart is left softly singing over just drums and a lightly plucked but heavily distorted guitar. Then, the monster riffs kick again. And so on and so forth throughout the rest of the album. Time after time the listener is surprised by sudden changes in tempo, dynamics and volume.
Another thing about the music is that it really does live up to the bands name. The sound that emits from your speakers is huge. You get the feeling that if only the band were able to get enough attention; they would sound perfect filling out an entire arena or huge festival. It is also easy to imagine some of the songs being used to soundtrack an epic battle, and even the quieter moments sound like 50's Cold War paranoia expressed with music. The immense soundscapes that Oceansize create are simply dripping with emotion and atmosphere. I have walked through a forest with this album playing on my Walkman and was startled by how fitting the song 'One Day All This Could Be Yours' was to the situation. The unknown surroundings, the vulnerability to attack, its all expressed on this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 23 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is quite simply the best album I have bought all year. And I've bought some good 'uns. And to think they're English...
Difficult to describe without pigeonholing them and that would be doing them a severe injustice. I guess, throw bits of Tool, Radiohead and Mogwai together and you might get close to this.
It's fantastic to discover a band playing the kind of music they want to and being recognised and applauded for doing so.
Quite fantastic...
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5.0 out of 5 stars as big as the ocean and twice as loud 22 Jan 2010
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this marks the start of a string of consistently great releases from this drastically underrated band. Indeed, it is suprising that this is a debut effort, such is the power, precision and conviction of "Effloresce". There is a lot of variety here, and with each idea they hit the nail bang on the head.
Oceansize may not be as heavy as, say, ISIS, or as delicate as perhaps Sigur Ros, but they address both sides of the musical coin with such determination, and such visceral results, that it makes one wonder why this manchester quintet have not achived the same levels of acclaim and recognition of these and other post-rock acts. There are moments of lush, phase-laden atmospherics that lull the listener - such as the gorgeous "men who love women who love drugs"- leaving you hanging on every single, perfectly placed note. But the real highlights of the album are when Oceansize flick the switch, as they do to such dramatic effect on "massive bereavment" and the riotous "saturday morning breakfast show", and then its full on, three guitar, double-basspedal assault. Such is their ferocity at various points that they reach a tone of "post-metal" that will leave fans of Tool - a band that some compare them to - not disappointed. In between these two extremes lie some of the most invigorating anthems of the bands career - "Catalyst", a live favourite, "Remember Where you are/amputee" as a blistering, brilliant couplet - that still have the power to excite some seven years later, and gives a chance for a sing-along rarely afforded by bands of this ilk.
Throughout this long lp, the production and mixing (which are absolutely first rate) create a brilliant sense of cohesion across the variety of sounds, giving a real personality and signature to the music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine debut album by Prog Mancs 11 Jun 2007
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What genre should one put this into must be the first question it is some sort of proto prog but with influences from the Manchester Indie scene with a touch of Art Rock such as Radiohead and some Prog Metal such as Dream Theater/Porcupine Tree with a dash of Pink Floyd. That does it let's call it Acid Space rock especially as this is what their contemporaries and Friends Amplifier seem to be categorised as. Like Amplifier they like the odd instrumental track thrown in which I certainly do not object to unlike Amplifier they do not eschew the use of keyboards to get their sound.

The vocals on this album are very emotive and at times can sound a bit stretched however the lyrics are not over blown and totally pretentious and the songs seem to come from the heart. The band also does not over do their obvious virtuosity on their chosen instruments and as such less is more.

I can recommend this album to anyone with an interest in the General Prog or Indie scenes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 29 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolutley excellent album. Though it has a downfall. You must have the patience to listen to it. Despite the fact it is all killer no filler some people will neglect this album due to its big melodys. Its travelling music. Something you will listen to when you need to pass the time when there are not other options. There are also some signs of a "flavour of the month" type band which haunted bands like Biffy, Funeral For A Friend or Brand New. The only difference being Oceansize can hardly be associated with the last 2. OS recall the melodic tendencies of Explosions In The Sky with at times Radiohead Bends era melancholy.
A rock equation if you like would be Explosions In The Sky Music + Bends Era Vocal Melodys + Billy Corgan writing techniquers = Oceansize
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Yes, this is right up my street.
Modern prog rock, and done so much better than the others!
They sound like too many bands to mention, yet there is something that sets... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jackarmy1071
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
oceansize are a great band, mixing heavy riffs with melodic sounds superbly with an extremely unique sound. Read more
Published on 3 July 2007 by Mr. M. R. Sommers
4.0 out of 5 stars Spacious - renders most competition limb from limb
I usually write long reviews, but not this one because I'm almost at a loss for words after being confronted with music as original as this. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2006 by SJ Blacklock:
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing!
I'd seen them live and bought their EP's which were very good but this, their debut album totally blew me away. What gripped me was the variety in the album. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2005 by "scousedog"
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond progressive
When i first heard this album i liked tracks 1 and 8 and that was it! I left it for a bit and came back to it and was just absolutely blown away. Read more
Published on 3 May 2005 by S. Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing!
Having first heared the clean guitar melodies of 'Catalyst' I though that I was listening to Radiohead's 'OK Computer', not in a way that I thought ripped them off, but with a... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2005 by Simpo
3.0 out of 5 stars Puddle-sized disappointment
Effloresce means "To blossom forth". Unless Oceansize mean that it takes a long time for them to open up, before you see them at their best, I find this almost offensively... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2005 by Mr. T. A. V. Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
If you like gorgeous melodies and huge riffs at the same time, then you'll love this. The melodies in 'Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs' are the most beautiful I have ever heard. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2004 by K. Mair
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, crushing, yet also gentle.
I heard about this band when they were first getting airplay on xFm's 'The Rock Show', hosted by Ian Camfield. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2004 by Alan
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