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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 25 February 2013
I'm bemused by some of the lukewarm and negative reviews for this album. What do people expect from Ocean Colour Scene? If you're a long-time fan, I fail to see how you'd be in any way disappointed by "Painting", as it's simply a fantastic album of new Simon Fowler and Steve Cradock-penned Ocean Colour Scene songs. A brilliant collection of quality, classic ballads and rockers with a healthy dose of psychedelia added for good measure. It's a massive insult to the band to describe this excellent new album as "more of the same", because the compositions are rich, enjoyable and original. If you wanted them to go all Weller, pushing the boundaries, experimenting with making a massive nearly unlistenable electronic noise and, in the meantime, alienating a huge section of their fanbase whilst doing so, you're going to be disappointed. If you're waiting for them to re-write "Moseley Shoals" note-for-note again so you can re-live your youth, you're going to be somewhat crestfallen. It is, however, a terrific piece of work and a pleasure to listen to from start to finish, not a bad track on it.

Highlights of "Painting" are the powerful, angry "If God Made Everyone" (one of the best songs Ocean Colour Scene have ever written), the catchy "Doodle Book" (love the guitar licks), the excellent opener "We Don't Look In The Mirror" (a perfect, anthem to kick the album off), "Painting" itself (which does actually sound as if could be a "Moseley Shoals" album track) and "The Union", resplendent with a dreamy, blissed-out chorus. Simply put, if you don't like this album then you don't like Ocean Colour Scene, because "Painting" is the sound of them doing what they do best - writing and performing bloody fantastic songs. There certainly are a handful tracks here which would make it onto an OCS "best of" and I can say, without doubt, that I will still be listening to this one in years to come.
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on 13 February 2013
22 yrs as a band, 10 studio albums, hundreds of live shows, its time everyone actually stood up and applauded OCS. No fancy 'reunions' just solid songwriting and touring for over 20 yrs. OCS have delivered another brilliant collection of songs, foot stompers, ballads, a couple of short acoustic tracks and a bit of psychedelic jamming. Ths is a great album, Simon's voice beautiful as always and Steve delivers some incredible guitar playing. Stand out tracks, winning side, painting, doodle book, i dont want to leave england and the amazing if god made everyone. Keep the faith!
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on 25 August 2017
The usual wonderful album from a wonderful band.
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on 29 November 2016
Brilliant album still don't it
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on 21 March 2013
Another great album from the OCS lads- varied mix of styles on this one and each one great in its own way! Personal fave for me is 'Doodle Book'
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on 8 March 2013
Simon's voice never fails to please. If god made everone is one of my favourites on the album. love it love OCS
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I have listened the disk. The disk has a good sound and presentation. I like so much the disk. :D
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on 18 March 2013
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on 6 March 2013
This Lp has a brilliant title track in Painting and why it wasn't a single is a mystery .other great tracks that stand out for me are Doodle Book , overall its a pretty standard Ocean Colour Scene lp which is no bad thing !! Buy it !!
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on 29 May 2015
What ever this band produce is superb......! Really enjoyed this album, the lads are growing old gracefully........a must have to your OCS collection.
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