Oceans Will Rise - The Stills
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  • Summary: The Montreal band releases its third album on its new label Arts & Crafts.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
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  1. 80
    It's done two good things for the Stills: sharpened their songwriting and returned them after a dull Album No. 2. to the crystalline guitar minimalism of their debut. [Sep 2008, p.84]
  2. It's by far the most readily accessible release in the A&C catalog and heightened the Stills anxieties to pathological levels, like setting bullet points from "An Inconvenuient Truth" to upbeat tunes. [Sep 2008, p.150]
  3. Oceans Will Rise is a return to form for the Stills, who've earned their merit as an experimental group with a strong knack for pop/rock hooks.
  4. In the end Oceans Will Rise strikes the listener as solid, appropriate, but not really that exciting
  5. The hooks and charm of their epic debut, "Logic Will Break Your Heart," were decidedly missing from their 2006 sophomore effort, "Without Feathers," but Oceans Will Rise marks a partial return to form for the Montreal quartet.
  6. Oceans Will Rise is not a bad album, but it is very much the sound of a band still trying to figure out who they are--and in fairness, they have lost and gained a member since their first record. But three albums into a career, they should have a better idea than this.
  7. Compentent and glossy, Oceans Will Rise sounds like a lot of effort has been expended for a rather meager retuyrn. [Dec 2008, p.135]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. BobH.
    Aug 19, 2008
    This record is like an epic. It tells a story I think most of us try to suppress inside ourselves but anxiously want told. The production and arrangements play with your soul as your conscience struggles with the message conveyed in the lyrics. Great work guys. It should be fun to see how this translates in a live show. Expand
  2. SaraB.
    Aug 19, 2008
    The Allmusic review is one of the best-written reviews of this record. 4 out of 5 stars.
  3. JoeR
    Aug 22, 2008
    Yes! The Stills are back. After a fairly disappointing change of direction for their last album - it took many spins and months for me to even like it - album #3 finds the band finally get the right footing. Combining the bestaspects of "Logic Will Break Your Heart" and "Without Feathers" into a unified sound, "Oceans Will Rise" is a solid, consistent winner. There's not a single track here I don't like. It's also nice to see Tim Fletcher back in the forefront of the band again, as I much prefer his singing to Dave Hamelin's - which was one of the other failings of the second album. I have no hesitation in proclaiming this one of the year's best! Expand
  4. BryanB.
    Aug 19, 2008
    Gorgeous songs. What a thrill. Loving this record!
  5. GeorgeL.
    Aug 20, 2008
    Just love the hooks...This is back to the original sound of Logic will break your heart. Kudo guys!
  6. JenF.
    Aug 20, 2008
    This is a terrific CD . Can't understand some critics trying to demolish it . Ratings by the public have certainly proved them wrong. Well done lads ! Sir Paul McCartney did well to choose you to open his concert in Quebec city on July 20th. Expand
  7. BillB
    Aug 22, 2008
    awesome noisy songs seem to cover up the songs of lesser strength, but still good!

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