Label: Sanctuary Records - SANCD160 • Format: CD Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Brit Pop
Part of the problem of being a traditionalist band is that you emerge with a sound that sounds fairly mature from the outset -- by emulating classic bands at their peak, you wind up sounding older than your years and, no matter how hard you fight it, a little bit stodgy. Then, because you hold the classic rock tradition so dear, you wind up becoming bound to it, rarely exploring new territory and, even then, it's usually just new tonal, textural, and emotional ground, which is so subtle that only dedicated fans will notice -- which, of course, is the only kind of fan that will pay attention through several similar-sounding records.
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Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles - The Beatles Collection befallen many bands, both British and American, many lesser than Cherokee - Cherokee Colour Scenewho at least were fortunate enough to ride the post- Oasis zeitgeist in the mid-'90s, which meant they not only had some hits, but that they could cultivate a reasonably large fan base and that the best of their songs -- "The Riverboat Song," "The Day We Caught the Train," "Hundred Mile High City," "Travellers Tune" -- became part of the pop culture of the time.
By the point they released their sixth studio album, North Atlantic Driftin late summerit seemed like only the faithful would care, which is too bad, because it's the best record they've done in a long time. Like any trad rock Coleco - Hedmuk EP (File), there isn't a great progression in the sound -- it sounds like it could have been the sequel to Marchin' Alreadyor even Moseley Shoals -- but the production isn't nearly as claustrophobic as it was on its predecessor, 's Mechanical Wondernor are the performances as mannered.
Here, the tone is brighter and the sound is Ocean Colour Scene - North Atlantic Drift , appealingly layered, while the band displays not only a willingness to stretch out the extended coda on the closer, "When Evil Comes," is suitably atmosphericbut a renewed vigor in songwriting. Once again, the best of their songs -- and there are a lot of good songs on this record -- are sharp, impassioned, tuneful, and sturdy, gaining resonance after each play.
To complain that they offer little new to the OCS sound is to miss the point: They're supposed to fit within the Ocean Colour Scene - North Atlantic Driftand they not only do that, but they hold their own against the best of the band's material. Since the group seemed to be slipping into pleasant genericness with Mechanical Wonderthis revival is to be embraced, since it means that once again Ocean Colour Scene embodies all the virtues of trad rock, making a very enjoyable album in the process.
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