steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion

Remember The Ocean

"Ruth" CD

The Honeycomb

Genres: female singer / songwriter, alterna-rock

Mar 10 - 16 2003

I'll be the first to say that alterna-rock ain't my thing.  I've never been a hardcore Sarah McLachlan or Natalie Merchant fan, and most of the time I just find the instruments banally low-key and the vocals irritatingly whiny and strident.

But that doesn't stop me from seeing the beauty in this album.  In fact, Remember The Ocean actually manages to surpass the standard triteness that their genre often exhibits, and many of these songs have a lot going for them.  For example, there's no doubting that "Broken" will appeal even to those who aren't hell-bent on Sarah McLachlan; the songwriting is actually very enjoyable, with a nice, cozy sound.  "Cradle" also avoids the hackneyed alterna-rock clichés that we all know too well, making for a delightfully pleasant tune.

All around, I can't say this album won me over to the whole alterna-rock genre, but it at least showed me why so many people like it.


Fun Fact: Remember The Ocean played with Lisa Loeb in February.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 songs, distributed by the label, released 2001]