London-based rockers We Are The Ocean has somehow managed the impossible: they have completely encapsulated the sound of every modern rock trend all in the span of one album. The lyrical senses are pulled straight from Foo Fighters, the vocals are a cross between Rise Against and Authority Zero, and the whole vibe of the album crosses Nickelback with the Killers. This sounds like an album that in equal parts could be used as a soundtrack for a teen drama or a raucous party anthem, with “Overtime is a Crime” as good a rock song as will ever hit rock radio playlists.
However, nothing on this album feels fresh. Rather, it seems as if its been done before, as the elements that make up We Are the Ocean’s sound are completely derived from radio rock of the last five years. This isn’t a terrible album, just not recommendable.
(Side One Dummy, 1944 North Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90068)