Oceans Will Rise - The Stills

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. Production seals it all as taut and as giving as speaker mesh.
  5. Nothing spectacular, but something long-lasting and reliable. [Fall 2008, p.84]
  6. 60
    The Stills still aren't sure of their true identity, but at least those Interpol comparisons are way behind them. [Jan 2008, p.101
  7. 60
    It’s a welcome return to “vintage” Stills, after an attempt at stylistic departure (2006’s "With Feathers") was met with lukewarm critical reception.
  8. 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.
  9. In the end Oceans Will Rise strikes the listener as solid, appropriate, but not really that exciting
  10. 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.
  11. On their appropriately (and doomily) titled third album, Oceans Will Rise, Montreal band The Stills address the end of the world in the only way they know how--with marginally catchy, heart-on-sleeve ballads that never hook up with their aspirations.
  12. 50
    Three albums in, the Stills still sound ambitiously confused.
  13. 40
    The Stills remain a little too anonymous. [Dec 2008, p.116]
  14. Compentent and glossy, Oceans Will Rise sounds like a lot of effort has been expended for a rather meager retuyrn. [Dec 2008, p.135]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. StephenC.
    Aug 23, 2008
    People need to stop trashing 'without feathers', that is one great record. Problems is these reviewers only listen to it once, not like the people who appreciate it, the fans. Full Review »
  2. 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! Full Review »
  3. BillB
    Aug 22, 2008
    awesome noisy songs seem to cover up the songs of lesser strength, but still good!