Sound — 10
Oceansize sound could be decribed as 'Mogwai' meets 'Tool', quiet melodies swirl around, loop over, overlap and erupt into towering riffs. This album is teeming with gorgeous melodies (the closing three tracks, which clock in at about 9mins a piece, are a case study is melodic guitar work) but as good as they are at this, you tell that this bands real strengh is in being loud, and heavy. Opening track 'Catalyst' feature a wonderfully huge grinding riff, this leads into the brilliant 'One day all this could be yours' which is one of there flagship songs, a quiet motif riff, builds for about 3 mins before they hit you with a terrific flange-soaked twisted riff. This isn't just good guitar work, the drumming is also very good, absolutely solid rhythm work. The vocal style of Mike Vernart (I think the spelling is right) really fits the music, subtle and restrained when he needs to be, but also a good alt-scream not like emo/metal though. I think mike once in a interview said that he was a fan of Maynard of Tool, and so looked towards that for inspiration. I can't really reccommend this band enough, if your a fan of 'epic' and I do mean truly 'epic-absolutly huge, expansive guitar work' you must hear this band/album.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are ace, when the audible, sometimes Mike's vocals are so subtle or slurred (whatever you want to call it) that is hard to make out. Some of the song themes include 'loving someone with one arm' to quote the band themselves (Amputee). The wonderfully titled 'Women who love men who love drugs' just has those are the lyrics. 'Remember where you are' carries the theme of knowing when 'your fifteen minutes are up' "a single bit of cherry for you". This albums has some really strong hooks.
Overall Impression — 10
This is easily one of my favorite albums. Its a huge record (79mins) and huge sounding. Its bizarre that this band aren't alot more well known. This came out in the UK in 2003, and to high critical praise, they've had a second album 'Everyone into position' (which is even better) and again it came out to good reviews. But alas, this band are still very 'underground', in Britain at least. If your a fan of prog/alt-rock/post-rock you should check out this band. Tool, Muse, Mogwai, Amplifier, Cave-in, that sort of thing. Oh and if you ever get the opportunity to hear them live, you have to see them. there breathtaking.