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Self-Preserved While The Bodies Float [CD]

Oceansize Audio CD
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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 (6 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Music
  • ASIN: B003UTUQ48
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. SuperImposer 4:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Build Us A Rocket Then... 3:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Oscar Acceptance Speech 8:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ransoms 4:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Penny's Weight 3:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Silent/Transparent 8:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. It's My Tail And I'll Chase It If I Want To 3:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Pine 4:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Superimposter 5:160.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

The world would be a better place if more bands followed the same path as Oceansize. I’m not talking about aping the majestic, autumnal post-rock pomp that the Manchester-based quintet has conquered over the past dozen years. I’m talking about building a career on foundations of substance and passion, developing a sound whilst retaining an identity. This is why Self Preserved While the Bodies Float Up is possibly their best album yet.

When they burst onto the scene with debut LP Effloresce in 2003, everyone was talking about their sound: it caressed the ears with luxurious bombast as much as it vanquished silences with razor-sharp shards of thunderous catharsis. Seven years later they are still the band music lovers adore, but the edges of their sonic spectrum have stretched. There is more restraint, but also there is more emphasis: if SPWTBFU is Oceansize’s heaviest album, it’s quite clearly also their most diverse.

Their music has certainly progressed, but so has their approach. Whereas in the past the band would use every last second available on a compact disc, SPWTBFU comes in at just over 50 minutes. Consequently, the songs are punchier, quicker to the point and, interestingly, more accessible. Opener Part Cardiac subtly provides the album title amongst Mike Vennart’s menacing opening riffs and howls, then the energetic It’s My Tail and I’ll Chase It If I Want To brings tremendous vitality back before the album closes. The crashing guitars in Build Us a Rocket Then… fly with the glorious intent that infiltrates the whole album.

The two lengthier tracks on the album, Oscar Acceptance Speech and Silent/Transparent, provide respite and familiarity. The piano-led former ticks along gradually and the latter builds more traditionally into a classic crashing crescendo, but then there’s that increased diversity that Oceansize have found. Amongst the crushing riffs, songs like A Penny’s Weight and Ransoms wander along harmlessly but brilliantly. Then there is Pine: with its lilting beauty gently padding along, Vennart murmurs sensitive sweet everythings atop a twinkling soundscape that explodes into a gorgeous, shimmering, string-laden climax. It’s truly spectacular and as it appears toward the end of SPWTBFU, you realise that this album has absolutely everything. This really is Oceansize at their most sumptuous, essential best.

--Raziq Rauf

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a bit different! 8 Sep 2010
By mutlien VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having said that, aren't they all different? One of the many reasons to love this band...

I have no doubt that this album will have mixed reactions - it's shorter, punchier, louder, softer and dare I use the word 'mature'? (ouch!!)

The real stand out moment has to be opening track 'Part Cardiac' - a slab of pure doomy anger and a brave choice... One which if hearing the band for the first time will not set a realistic expectation to say the least!

There are plenty of 'size moments to savour, particularly on Silent/Transparent, but it's the opening 3 track salvo which literally pins you back in your seat such is the intensity of this latest CD that sets it apart from their previous work. Build us a Rocket then... is simply awesome. Can't wait to hear this live.

We then travel into more familiar sounds with - Oscar Acceptance Speech - an extended string section outro which is almost too long; Ransoms - this sounds like the band are playing live right in front of you - a chilled out moment indeed, and A Penny's Weight - with lovely female harmonies and oddness.

Silent/Transparent is gorgeous and such a nice vocal melody with the obligatory powerful emotional ending (quite something!). It's My Tail is not really that interesting to my ears - I think because it doesn't go anywhere - just three minutes of pure adrenalin with guest vocals from Biffys frontman.

Pine is a personal favourite - just beautiful...so....

It's the back end of the album where things are noticeably different. Fans of the previous three albums will have come to expect a grandiose end - Long Forgotten, Ornaments/The Last Wrongs, The Frame and now we have...oh, hang on... it's a short song. And that's not the only thing - it's also very mellow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite album in years 6 Jan 2011
By Snufkin
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Oceansize were new to me with this album, a friend posted a Spotify taster and I was instantly seduced. I've taken my eye off the ball lately with music and was beginning to give up on finding anything seriously new or stimulating ... but then THIS.. Weeks on from my first listen and I'm still playing this everyday almost - it's been years since I felt like this about an album, with that rush of excitement. Current favourite track for me -Build us a rocket then... what a rush! (and yes, even better live). Those first three tracks really do power through like a train. They are genre defying - I've read some comparisons, but these only really pick up on the sound - the real beauty of Oceansize is the strength of the songs, ie pure compositional depth, pushing at the most interesting boundaries with fresh ideas. At this level I just don't see anyone else around to compare them with... If Oceansize's next album can make even half as much progress in the next album then surely there is no way they can continue to escape the attentions of the masses. Prepare for global fame and riches guys.
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4.0 out of 5 stars calmer waters? 7 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
Reviewing an Oceansize album in its first week of release is always going to be a tricky and wildly inaccurate exercise. Using the epic Frames as reference point, and applying the clichéd Pandora's box notion, you can revisit this score and add an extra point per month until your preferred numerical value is achieved.
Early reviews using track duration as a measure for accessibility are, in my humble opinion, lazy journalism. I doubt we'll be seeing Oceansize on "The One Show" just yet. Thankfully.

Serving as a coarse welcome mat to the new album, "Part Cardiac" sets out with almost deliberate glee to warn off any criticism relating to the softening of the new soundscapes. Devoid of hook or chorus its pounding, dirty, downward progression is accompanied by what can best be described as a lyrical exorcism. So you thought this was going to be an easy ride? Not just yet, a glove slap to rattle the senses is required first.

In stark contrast to the opening middle finger salute, "Superimposer" is probably the most accessible and radio friendly track on the album. It successfully combines a series of signature riffs and sounds from the back catalogue, but still has something fresh to say. The message is delivered in a timely fashion, tickling all the right spots but never quite reaching the peaks that clearly require a bigger climb.

"Build us a rocket then..." hits you with wave after wave of fresh, frenetic, elevating riffs. This reminded me of The Mars Volta when they were in their prime. Not that this sound is borrowed, far from it, but that essence of raw energy is present in abundance. Speeding along at a blistering pace this one left me reeling, and reaching....for the repeat button.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ocean-like 7 July 2011
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Only time I heard the band live was after the release of Frames and were they loud! Pity that keys and vocals completely drowned in waves of guitar and drum noise. Then came the disappointing Home & Minor and I thought I'd had it with the band. Till recently, just browsing on the net, reading reviews on Self Preserved. Oceansize were, of course, also the hard-working band that gave us Effloresce and Everyone Into Position, so should I not give it one more try? And, yes, Self Preserved is mind-blowing. Just in time, after I heard initial fears coming true (the opening songs are very good but also loud and heavy, quite prog-metal actually) there came some ballads. Well, Ocean-like ballads. Heady stuff. More varied than ever. In fact, their best effort since long. One every new or settled act would be proud of. But again not the breakthrough they had hoped for, because to everyone's surprise they called it a day recently. Hearing all these sub-standard acts around that do make it, one can't help thinking it is an unfair world. Anyway, they leave us with an incredible work. And no one can ever say they did not try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong swansong from criminally underrated band
When Oceansize split, it was a sad loss to British rock music. But at least they left us with this fine epitaph, a fitting conclusion to their brilliant back catalogue. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Chris J. Gorman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of 2010
This record is Oceansize proving once more that they are one of the best bands aroud.

It is heavy and calm at the same time. A master piece, I can say. Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2011 by Andre A L Moreira
5.0 out of 5 stars epic
I cant really find enough superlatives to describe this album, its just epic. From the opening track, Part Cardiac, being seriously deep down dirty heavy to tracks like Pine which... Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by Galactic Aracnid
5.0 out of 5 stars too good to review
Oceansize live, are absolutely immense. Every album they have made have all been awesome. How this band remain a secret from the cloth eared general public is obviously a major... Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2010 by sonofwil
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a grower, not a show stopper!
As a huge fan of previous albums, Self-Preserved really threw me off. Instead of the super-clear, polished sound we got from Frames and Effloresce, the 'Size have flirted a... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2010 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Another slab of brilliance
I have been a keen fan of Oceansize for a good while now and have been able to pick up most of their back catalogue of singles and albums, and to be quite frank,thought they would... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2010 by Mr. Stephen N. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Not another Frames, but don't let that put you off!
I started a track by track review but abandoned it on account that I imagine everybody's interpretation will be different, and I can tell you all you need to know in a few... Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2010 by D Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars oceansize raise the bar
Self preserved while the bodies float up, Oceansizes fourth studio album shows how far they have come in songwriting, this album shows so much depth and quality, full on sonic... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2010 by martynjdub
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Christian rap' has never had it so good
And I mean that, with no disrespect to those who like Christian rap. I should probably explain to those that think I'm out of my gourd - Oceansize's myspace is highly entertaining... Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2010 by Silver
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