Mechanical Wonder - Ocean Colour Scene
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  • Summary: The fifth album from the British rockers is their first U.S. release in five years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Possibly the band's best album yet, destined to be loved by fans and loathed by critics, 'Mechanical Wonder' will be the soundtrack of spliffed up barbecues and boozed up afternoons with your mates for this summer and beyond.
  2. OCS is quite simply straight-up and ultra-refreshing, expert in crafting great pop songs and equally adept at letting the music do its talking.
  3. The Cliff's Notes of classic rock.
  4. Yet despite the quality of Can't Get Back To The Baseline and the Kinks-like Give Me A Letter, several semi-acoustic fillers -- of which the dreary, You Are Amazing is the worst offender -- water down the album as a whole.
  5. The problem is that the songwriting has gotten a little mannered, a little undistinguished, and the performances, while sturdy, tend to be slightly flat.
  6. 50
    Overall, the pickings are too thin for a band of their capabilities.
  7. In one word: lackluster. In two words: dead boring. [Aug 2001, p.90]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13