User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 2 out of 25

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  1. NickS.
    Aug 19, 2008
    10
    Oceans Will Rise is a beautiful record. The songwriting is miles beyond what all those other blogger-bands. Well done, The Stills.
  2. John
    Aug 19, 2008
    9
    Great songs. Very catchy!
  3. SaraB.
    Aug 19, 2008
    10
    The Allmusic review is one of the best-written reviews of this record. 4 out of 5 stars.
  4. BobH.
    Aug 19, 2008
    10
    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.
  5. BryanB.
    Aug 19, 2008
    10
    Gorgeous songs. What a thrill. Loving this record!
  6. JenF.
    Aug 20, 2008
    10
    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.
  7. BillB
    Aug 22, 2008
    8
    awesome noisy songs seem to cover up the songs of lesser strength, but still good!
  8. GeorgeL.
    Aug 20, 2008
    10
    Just love the hooks...This is back to the original sound of Logic will break your heart. Kudo guys!
  9. JohnnyP.
    Aug 19, 2008
    10
    I love this album!
  10. 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 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 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
  11. 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 like the people who appreciate it, the fans.
  12. TomasF.
    Aug 19, 2008
    10
    Contender for my favorite album of the year so far.
  13. R.B.
    Aug 19, 2008
    10
    A superb album.
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. 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. 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.