Over The Counter Culture Review

artist: The Ordinary Boys date: 02/15/2006 category: compact discs
The Ordinary Boys: Over The Counter Culture
Release Date: Aug 17, 2004
Label: WEA International
Genres: Britpop, Alternative Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 12
Over the Counter Culture isn't the most unique debut, but with influences like these, who can complain?
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 9.3
Over The Counter Culture Reviewed by: HowSoonisNow?, on february 15, 2006
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Sound: Turn on your stereos, pump up your speakers and dance for hours. Who cares if you like the songs, it's the boys of the hour on show. I dare you to try and resist the obvious rebellion message against a wet, rainy mundane britian. With an uncanny resemblance in voice and lyrics To Mozza and The Smiths, Preston Blurts on the message in neon lights this is the 21st century! What do you think? The Ordinary Boys aren't your average indie/ska/rock/whatever band. They dared to chalenge every idiom in the rock handbook, and looked damn cool doing it. The album also presents, slightly ironically, a cover of the smiths song, "Little Bitch" which however isn't there best work. This may not be everyones cup of tea however, as alot of the lyrical messages are very similar. Mostly moaning about everyday life. With their very original guitar riffs, they could be the best thing since the Smiths. With the 2nd track on the diamond studded record, for me Preston sets in stone, his status and the Geezer from brighton, who wants "something more." The spiky guitar riffs are certain to grab you and make you dance with all the force of a football hooligan firm. // 9

Lyrics: Preston's whining yet definitive, authoritive Slams out some rather meaningful yet bored lyrics throughout the album. Who could imagine that that guy off big brother give a flying shit about politics as it were, or how anyone functioned without questioning there own existance and purpose. Deep stuff turned into a hard bastard of an album, Do As Your Told! // 10

Overall Impression: The Ordinary Boys bought out a 2nd album called brassbound, which I feel will be more watched over than this first however I feel this would be undeserved ignored by the media, that are sure to be shining on Samuel Preston in the coming future. Turn on the CD, run through all the tracks, apart from maybe "Little Bitch" all have more attitude than a Pitbull Terrier, also excluding, sarcastic ballad "Just A Song." If it were stolen I would be straight down the bedford Glass factory to retreive it, where it would be being listened to during a unpeaceful protests demanding pay-rises and company cars. This is about all that is crap and english, compounded into something that is great and english. Take that America. // 9

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