Album review

Ocean Colour Scene - North Atlantic Drift

Ocean Colour Scene are inextricably linked to a mid-'90s era which now seems hideously passé. But given the current wave of retro-hipness, the ongoing hatred of OCS smacks of hypocrisy. Okay, at their worst they recall the Filofax rock of Mike And The Mechanics ("Make The Deal"), but tunes like stoner-lite single "I Just Need Myself" and the Wings-ish "Golden Gate Bridge" really aren't that bad. The band undeniably lack that extra inspiration that would place them alongside the superior likes of Sweden's The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, but this is a solid enough slab of anachronistic pop-rock.

Rating: 2 / 10


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