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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing if you like the 'Holy Bandits/Shouting' era, 25 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Diamonds On The Water (Audio CD)
I've got pretty much all their albums, after really getting into the Oyster's after the 'Shouting end of life' album. By the time 'Deep dark Ocean' was released they seemed to have lost their raw energy, and entered a more melodic phase. This has continued on, getting even more laid back by the 'Meet you there' album. With the release of 'Ragged Kingdom' with June Tabor I really felt the Oysters had got back on track, however 'Diamonds' just falls back into the mold of Meet you there. There is nothing here that gets me tapping along, or singing away, to me it just confirms that the Oysters are getting older. Yes there are a couple of tracks which I like such as 'A River Runs' but none that hark back to the good old days.
I guess the wriitng was on the wall when Ray 'Chopper' Cooper left. I'll be going to see them live in a few days, and I just hope that we get some tracks from the Holy Bandits/Shouting era that will get the crowd dancing, otherwise I think we could be in for a 'quiet' night.!
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Initial post: 18 Mar 2015 08:53:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Mar 2015 09:03:10 GMT
An interesting phrase: "...they seemed to have lost their raw energy, and entered a more melodic phase..."

Like you, I think I have all the Oyster's CD's (except for compilation of tracks I already have) and I've never actually felt their music was ever anything except melodic. Shouty at times, yes, raw at times, yes - but always melodic. I do agree that Chopper's departure has left a gap. His stage presence and performances were always - er - 'enlivening'.

As yet I haven't bought this CD although I have just ordered 'Meet you there'. I suspect that your comments do have a strong strand of accuracy after listening to just the mp3 samples of 'Diamonds', so I'll defer final judgement until I've heard more from it. I'm sure YouTube will cough up a few longer examples.

I hope you enjoyed the concert. It's been awhile since I've seen them live, so I'll keep an eye open for when they're next due around this area. One thing I always respected about them was that they never charged stupid prices for tickets.
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