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This review is from: Effloresce (Audio CD)
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 pretentious! Still, never judge a book by its cover, eh? Actually, this you can judge by its cover... Anyone who has seen Oceansize live, or bought their early e.p's will not fail to be let down by this (in my opinion).
The album is too long, and there's a strong sense that all the new songs are included as filler material - with the exception of the first track ('I am the Morning' a nice, swooping Intro, but perhaps a bit too long... and the old intro to Catalyst was better in my opinion) and last track ('Long Forgotten', the only new song with lyrics, which brings to mind ..Trail of Dead in their more relaxed moments on Madonna, and is generally lovely despite having the same lead line as the nice bit in Saturday Morning).
Unravel would be a tame B-side; nice though the initial loop of a piece by Ravel is, the song goes nowhere and is very forgettable. Rinsed is basically the Lake by The Cooper Temple Clause, although apparently Size went in to the studio and improvised it all live, so you can kinda forgive them that.
Unfortunately, the old song dont do much to redeem the album. Catalyst, You Wish, Amputee and Women Who... are all rerecorded, plus the studio version of massive bereavement (changes?? its a bit shorter...) and as a result the album sounds rushed, and lacking the sonic weight found in the e.p. versions.
Saturday Morning, on the other hand, manages to improve on the original version, as it now contains all the mutations the song has grown in the past 4 years of playing it live.
Remeber Where You Are sticks out like a sore thumb - its the first song theyve recorded since being signed that gets close to Catalyst in style - here the band are more experimental with their soundscape, using a mellotron and a much more mature approach to the louder sections, not to mention a lovely little outro...
But, if - like me - you bought the single already, there's really nothing much here (and i wont even begin to talk about the cynically poppier second single One Day... nonsense) so my best advice is this - buy the "A Very Still Movement" e.p. and buy the new "Music for Nurses" e.p. and go onto the Oceansize site and download "Breed Siamese" (or buy the "One Day..." single) but dont bother buying Effloresce unless its very cheap.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2012 01:22:32 GMT
Sean Cranny says:
Bit late to post a comment on your appraisal but here we go... Mate, you are harsh! You sound like the typical obsessive who gets affronted when an artist steps outside the model you have built for them inside your own head. I hope by now you have grown up a bit and figured out that it isn't all being done purely for your benefit... Offensively pretentious? Tut tut... pot kettle black?
In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2013 00:04:23 BDT
Kevin O'Keefe says:
I too think it's a bit 'harsh'. I've come late to this great band and I have to say that time has not diminished the power of this album (I'm actually listening to it now on Spotify as I type this and it sounds absolutely current and fresh). In fact it sounds like one of the best albums I've heard in recent memory so I will be ordering it once I finish typing this comment. Incidentally I wonder whether Oceansize influenced Polish proggers 'Riverside' as the latter's sound certainly sounds similar at times (although I'd say they're far better than the Polish band, good that they are). A real shame they never really 'caught on'; they surely deserved much more recognition/sales than they got. In my case one of the reasons I probably all but ignored them was because I recall lumping them in with another 'nu-prog' outfit who were contemporaries of theirs at the time (the lame cod-prog outfit 'Pure Reason Revolution') whose album I bought much to my regret. Oh well; it's nice to be able to get into them after all this time at least.
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