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Album Review

Hershey, Pennsylvania's the Ocean Blue are practically masters of sweet, gentle, vaguely British pop, combining sparkling, jangly guitars with crisp, sweet vocals and thoroughly melodic songwriting. Their self-titled debut lays down the blueprint for this sound, which remained largely unchanged through releases like Cerulean (which sported slightly dreamier production and songwriting) and Beneath the Rhythm & Sound (the band's most polished and pop-oriented effort), falling somewhere between the squeaky-clean pop of the Housemartins and the gorgeous melodic elements of the Cocteau Twins. While its songwriting occasionally falters, and it lacks the sonic cohesion of its two successors, The Ocean Blue delivers on what makes all of the band's work so appealing: simple, beautiful hooks and melodies.

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Epic classic alternative from PA

Years ago I was graced to have the opportunity to see the ocean blue in concert in Norfolk VA the boathouse one of the best venues I've ever been to. The boathouse was the typical beer soaked open pit general standing but one of a kind awesome place. I can still feel the vibe the place got when the ocean blue played between something and nothing the place just went wild omg they til this day are my favorite band, have made it a point to buy every album they have released. Long live the ocean blue. Give these guys a listen to I compare them to the connells from the carolinas and even a touch of early inxs.

Blown Away

I walked into a small independent record store back in '89( remember small record stores?). The owner would talk to customers and recommend artists . He recommended this cd and band to me. Never heard of them. Playing this cd from start to finish was a revelation for me. It blew me away. I guess DRIFTING, FALLING is my favorite track, but I love them all. Many critics like Cerulean better but although I love all their material, this is the best-to me!

First cd I ever bought!!!

Between Something and Nothing was the first cd I ever bought when I was kid. I love this record.


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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