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Album Review

Cerulean retains the glossy, thoroughly pretty ultra-pop feel of Ocean Blue's self-titled debut, but ends up showcasing some of the band's dreamier elements as well. The album comes across as a polished-over combination of the Housemartins and the Cocteau Twins, and it's certainly the most textured and dreamy of the group's releases. Given the band's strict adherence to completely melodic pop, though, that doesn't say a whole lot — their smooth and pretty songs shine through everything they've done, and to say that Cerulean is less immediately accessible than Beneath the Rhythm & Sound only means that its production is a bit more sparkly and washed out. Ocean Blue are, in many respects, masters of soft, gentle pop, and Cerulean does nothing to stray from this skill.

Customer Reviews

Great Album by a band worth hearing

If you are not familiar with this band, you have likely been referred by a Genuis recommendation. They are worth checking out. This is a great band that had the misfortune of appearing in between the late-80s British new wave era and the advent of the American grunge scene. Their melodies and song writing fit much better with the former period than with the latter. Had they emerged a few years earlier, they would likely have enjoyed far greater success - think REM. This was probably their finest album, although their debut was solid as well.

Biography

Formed: Hershey, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Hershey, Pennsylvania alternative pop band the Ocean Blue were formed in 1987 by singer/guitarist David Schelzel, keyboardist Steve Lau, and bassist Bobby Mittan, longtime schoolmates who shared an affection for college radio favorites including U2, Echo & the Bunnymen, the Smiths, and R.E.M. With the addition of drummer Rob Minnig, the group signed to Sire the following year, issuing its self-titled 1989 debut within months of graduating high school; the record immediately found favor on alternative...
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