Oceans Will Rise

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Alternative Press
    80
    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]
  2. 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]
  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. Production seals it all as taut and as giving as speaker mesh.
  5. Under The Radar
    70
    Nothing spectacular, but something long-lasting and reliable. [Fall 2008, p.84]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 25 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
    9
    People need to stop trashing 'without feathers', that is one great record. Problems is these reviewers only listen to it once, not 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
    10
    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 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
    8
    awesome noisy songs seem to cover up the songs of lesser strength, but still good!