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Release Date: Feb 7, 2006
Genres: Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore, Post-Grunge
Label: Beggars Banquet
Number Of Tracks: 10
One listen to the Manchester-based band's sophomore LP makes it clear that they're charting a rockier course, with prog influences that run the gamut from Pink Floyd to Tool.
Everyone Into Position
A music fan, on july 18, 2007 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Oceansize's sound is difficult to describe, but I love it. Each song on this album sounds completely different from the others. The album kicks off with the epic "The Charm Offensive", in a strange time signature, and wah-ry guitars. It soon builds up to a breathtaking ending, where the distorted guitars kick in as Vennart sings "they say we're all the same... " These guys are very different to the bands you hear in the charts these days. Something fresh and exciting. The song concludes after a powerful riff enters, with Vennart screaming "everyone into position." Next, the band demonstrates how they are capable of writing pop songs, if they want to. "Heaven Alive" features an anthemic chorus, with a "groovy" bassline. The band continues to show their versatility and their aggressive side, with "A Homage To a Shame," one of the greatest prog metal songs in a long time, featuring a stack of weird time signatures and distorted guitars. It also has a very unpredictable song structure. "Meredith" is the complete opposite of "Homage," a sweet melodic simple song showing their mellow side, with melodies that just stick into your head. "Music For a Nurse" is arguably one of the most beautiful songs ever written, and it shows that 'size can write excellent music without the need for distorting any guitars. It begins with a simple guitar chord sequence, which steadily builds up to another great climax. "Ornament / The Last Wrongs" is probably one of the best album closers ever. It begins quietly with a simple guitar riff, and then expands with a chorus of perfect vocal harmonies towards the end, providing an epic and ethereal sound to end the album. // 10
Lyrics: Mike Vennart's lyrics never fail to disappoint. The lyrics on this album may not be as cryptic as those from the "Music For Nurses" EP, but it is without a doubt that he has spent a lot of time writing these lyrics which hold many different meanings for the listener to explore. The words are not straight forward at all, and this engages the listener more, by trying to figure out the meaning behind the words. The chorus to "Homage" fits perfectly with the music, "looks invent a feeling in a meaningless exchange, it's a testament to perseverance a homage to a shame". However, a lot of the time it is difficult to hear what he is singing, but that doesn't matter, as the vocals are sometimes used as another instrument for the song. // 10
Overall Impression: One of my favourite albums of all time along with Effloresce. The highlights of this album are "The Charm Offensive", "Heaven Alive", "A Homage To a Shame", "Music For a Nurse", "No Tomorrow", "You can't keep a Bad Man Down" and "Ornament / The Last Wrongs." It clearly shows the band's versatility, showing how they can write songs from metal to post-rockish melodies. However, it took me a long time to get to know this album, so for those with little patience, may not like this album at first. The secrets to the album unlock themselves only after a few run-throughs. // 10
Everyone Into Position
johannsize, on july 30, 2012 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: "Everyone Into Position", Oceansize's second studio album, is inarguably one of their heaviest records during the span of their career. From the notable fast outro and sudden intro riffs of "A Homage To A Shame" to the messy chorus of "No Tomorrow". The album does not only present heavy organized noise, but it also brings out different emotions through the mellow and melodic songs in the album, notably "Music For A Nurse".
However, what I found most intriguing in the album is the first and last track. "Everyone Into Position" opens with "The Charm Offensive", and its aura somehow prepares your soul for one hell of an emotional ride all throughout the album - something like the album title itself. Then the album ends with the song "Ornament/The Last Wrongs" - probably one of the best songs ever composed by man.
The last track starts with a lonely flanged guitar. Then the band comes crashing down like a meteor, though in a beautiful way. While the band wreaks havoc, voices are heard, almost like crying out, though melodious and beautiful. The band then disappears abruptly, leaving two guitars answering each other. Then band comes crashing back in, and the same beauty is shown once more. As the song progresses, the verse enters. Sung gloriously and harmoniously, it gives you a sense of victory over the album, it fills you with so much spirit that you almost feel like crying out of sheer beauty. Then the song closes with another lonely instrument, this time rhodes playing chords. It slowly fades into the background, concluding one of my favourite albums of all time. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics, as usual, are unique. At first glance, they almost make no sense at all. However, once you read it again and again, and the lyrics occur in your mind at random times of the day, you begin to comprehend it - and realize that their lyrics are truly poetic.
There are also some songs that trigger you through its lyrics, especially the song "Music For A Nurse". Personally, when I heard Mike sing "If I display just a fraction of the soul you showed in this world, then I know I'll see you again.", I just got chills. The combination of the sound and words was just perfect, like most of the songs in this album, or even other Oceansize tracks. For short, the lyrics are poetic, and probably the best lyrics written by a musician. // 10
Overall Impression: "Everyone Into Position" is definitely in my top 10 list of albums, and it might stay there for a very long time since even years after its release, I couldn't compare other albums to it. It seemed impossible to match "Everyone Into Position"'s sound and lyrics. // 10