Sound: From the sea is the first single from Eskimo Joes second album A Song Is A City. Eskimo Joe began as a punk trio, and from their early eps, it seemd as though this would stay the same. However, their style changed into emotive, intelligent rock on their first LP, Girl. The style is the same on the second LP and this single. From The Sea is a hard hitting rock number, which flows into the second track, an acoustic version of This Room. See Saw is a happy track with a catchy chorus and Commitment Bells, the closer, is possibly the best Joes song ever. But more on that later. From the Sea was written two years alter than the b-sides, which reflects the change of sound. // 10
Lyrics: Kavs singing is amazing. From sing/rapping on early tracks like Sweater, he has matured in his lyrics and his delivery. The mood is generally tiredness, and missing what used to be, except for See Saw. // 10
Overall Impression: 01. From The Sea - opens with a keyboard playing over a palm muted guitar. Kavs voice echoes in, singing about being spaced out and incapable of doing anything. Then, the big singalong chorus comes in "From the seaaaaa" which nearly everyone in Australia should know by now. A very edgy rock-out song.
02. This Room (acoustic) - this acoustic version of the heavy-guitar laden This Room comes off very well, due to their skill at arranging songs for practically everything. Kav sings about an old place he and a girlfriend used to go to, but he hasnt been to in a year since they split
03. See Saw - a chiming guitar-pop number that is unshakeably happy. The outro and the high-ptiched backing vocals tend to grate on your nerves though.
04. Commitment Bells - without a doubt my favourite Eskimo Joe song. Opens with the sound of the sea until a timid acoustic guitar comes in growing with confidence as the verse progresses. The chorus is brilliant. The lead guitar during the instrumental is probably the best lead I have ever or will ever here. Kav in this track is tired of his relationship, unsure of where it is going. A masterpiece.
All in all, the From The Sea single is one of the best Austrlian releases singles of 2004. // 10