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Universal (Download) (2007)

This download only sessions album will please fans, not just of OCS but also Brit Pop.

Guitar led indie pop/rock with a freshness that maybe was had by Blur, but avoiding the sludgeness, arrogance or tunelessness of Oasis.

The opening four tracks, all from the bandís debut album, date from a 1990 Mark Goodier session. 'Fly' is a tad whimsical, while 'Yesterday Today' is enjoyable pop.

The odd solo between the riffs and melodies, this is far more enjoyable than the current breed of strumming guitar pop bands.

Two sessions for Simon Mayo in 1996 and 1997 follow, some more good music.

Highlight (on here and in the bandís career) is '100 Mile High City', which seriously nods at Thin Lizzy, a very decent tune, and an interesting rhythm. This, like 'Song Of A Baker', was recorded for Mary Anne Hobs in 1997.

A 15 track collection thatís well performed, well produced, and also acts as a best of. Well worth checking out.


Review by Joe Geesin

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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