Top positive review
One for the fans!
on 15 May 2017
Despite it's naff name, Ocean Colour Scene delivered a respectable seventh studio album with 2005's 'A Hyperactive Workout for the Flying Squad', which was the first not to feature the band's original bass player, Damon Minchella, who had left in 2003.
Whilst it isn't on par with their previous classic albums like 'Moseley Shoals' or 'Marchin' Already', this is still a record which will please long-term fans of the band who had found themselves back on the scene with a rather rejuvenated sound, which was both exciting and contemporary, with their trademark influences from the past still present.
The Sixties-isque 'Free My Name', a simple song about how it feels to be in love is a great uptempo number which was issued as the album's lead single, and the second, 'The Day Should Last Forever' is an equally catchy, hand-clapping, folksy little tune. As good as these two songs are, they aren't among my favourites. That list consists of 'Waving Not Driving', which has Paul Weller on guitar and Jools Holland on piano, 'Drive Away', and the dreamy, heart-felt ballad 'Another Time to Stay'.
There's a bit of unexpected experimentation on the final track, 'My Time', which has a reggae feel, and is a nice way to close things out. The boys from Birmingham even tackled a song by the great George Harrison with 'Wah Wah', which remains too close to the original for me to consider it anything less than pointless, and provides a rare moment of substandard, along with the dreary and cliché ballad 'I Love You'.
A mixture of trademark foot-stomping rockers and irresistible ballads, leaving behind a combination which works very well, 'A Hyperactive Workout for the Flying Squad' is another great album from this band who remain sadly underappreciated. If you're a newbie, this is not the place to start, but if you're a long-term fan, then you'll find plentiful highlights on here.