Oui - The Sea and Cake
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  1. 90
    Ultimately The Sea And Cake are just making timeless, faultless pop music.
  2. Oui is stunning easy listening in recession, but up close, it's genius. The production, the arrangements, the instrumentation, the electronics would sound cumbersome in the hands of the unexperienced, but the Sea and Cake fuse these elements with economy and care. If Oui doesn't erupt like an outright revolution, it's only because the band makes it look it too easy.
  3. TSAC have spun their most lush and intricately produced long-player yet.... "Oui" wisely bumps the electronics to secondary status, giving the album a much more unified, live band feel missing from "The Fawn".... One of this year's most enjoyable albums.
  4. 80
    Their simplest, softest sound yet. While 1997's The Fawn thrived in tender disarray, this 10-track outing sparkles with a warm and graceful confidence.
  5. 70
    Liquid guitar licks, bobbing bass lines, slow-tumbling vibes and lush strings float in and out of the mix, wrapping snugly around Sam Prekop's mellow croon. There's nothing life-changing here, but it's nice; and sometimes nice is enough. [#47, p.116]
  6. On Oui, the Sea and Cake continue to pursue their instrumental excursions as they evolve decisively into an art-drone groove band.
  7. A record which adheres closely to the formula but fails to generate any sort of spark from it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. ChipR.
    Apr 22, 2001
    10
    Great TSAC. These guys are making easy for us to have ears.
  2. davepv
    Feb 22, 2005
    8
    A high 8. Only because 'the biz' is a 10, and 'the fawn' a nine. (they should allow a 8.5) There is a strange perfection A high 8. Only because 'the biz' is a 10, and 'the fawn' a nine. (they should allow a 8.5) There is a strange perfection at work here. The music equivalent of a very smooth, mellow and sweet scotch-- you have no choice but to love it, as your belly is warmed. 'The Biz' blows your mind, this massages. Great stuff. Expand

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