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Album Review

With its slick mix of pop/rock anthems and radio-ready melodies, All Sides presents an important question: what happens to the quintessential college band after 12 years of touring and recording? Essentially, the college band grows up. It's been more than a decade since O.A.R. honed their undergraduate-friendly sound at Ohio State University, and the five bandmates are now pushing 30. Faced with the prospect of playing mellow frat rock for another ten years, O.A.R. took a different approach on All Sides, hiring producer Matt Wallace (the man behind Maroon 5's Songs About Jane) in an effort to crack the Billboard singles charts. Wallace cloaks Marc Roberge's vocals in reverb and adds thick layers of piano, strings, and guitars. Of course, nobody can fault O.A.R. for trying something new, but polished adult contemporary fare is probably not their forte. Thankfully, traces of the old O.A.R. show up during the album's second half.

Customer Reviews


A decent album that is a good, relaxing listen; nothing spectacular but definatley provides you the opportunity to relax. Some of the better songs inlcude: -Shattered -One Day -This Town -War Song -The Fallout

Another band gone commercial

When I first heard O.A.R they were great. cool, relaxing and straight to the point tunes. However as the band progressed they have sold themselves into the mainstream, and become identical to the same old crap you hear everyday on the radio. Thus this album: dissapointing.


It's not OAR live which is where this band excels and I miss the great sax (nothing like great sax) from OAR'S excellent live performances but this album is a solid effort with a number of great uplifting tunes including Shattered (the best song on the album) One Day, Dinner Last Nite, Gift, War Song and On My Way.


Formed: 1996 in Rockville, MD

Genre: Rock

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

O.A.R. (an acronym for the band's full moniker, Of a Revolution) transformed itself from an independent college band to a Billboard chart-topper over the course of a long, varied career. First, two of the band's demo recordings were hawked on university campuses. Then, news spread about the band's roots rock and reggae-inflected songs, which owed much to the jam band genre. Before long, O.A.R.'s website had turned into a highly trafficked Internet destination, and the group gradually left the college...
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All Sides (Deluxe Version), O.A.R.
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Jul 15, 2008

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