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All Sides (Deluxe Version)

O.A.R.

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Of A Revolution fans may be a bit surprised to find the band's sixth studio album sounding like a departure from their jam-heavy college rock. Of course the guys in O.A.R. haven't been in college for years, but they seem to have learned something more pertinent from the road: yes, they're going for airplay with All Sides, but that's not to say the music sounds watered down. The playing here is still stellar and innovative and moving and grooving, though the meandering, reggae tinged, cosmic noodling has been replaced with piano-centric song crafting, melodious rock anthems and catchy radio pop. O.A.R. on commercial radio? It may seem like yesterday when their demo of "That Was A Crazy Game Of Poker" was swapped around campus dorms, but this time around they had some help from songwriter Gregg Wattenberg, who penned hits for Chris Daughtry and Five for Fighting. He co-wrote All Sides' first single "Shattered" which blends inspiration from U2's triumphant stadium serenades with the kinds of Lifehouse power ballads that end up on One Tree Hill. Vestiges of O.A.R.'s groove heavy jams seep from the soulful "Something Coming Over Me" and the slightly rastafied "What Is Mine."

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OK album, just not what got them here...

I do not want to sound negative as I love this band; I just wish they would go back to their so called "roots" every once and a while. What got them to this point and what developed a very loyal following for these guys was their new, novel, reggae/rock sound. Now, their songs lack that musical originality and I am left comparing them to similar sounding artists (I began liking them because they had a unique sound, not one that can be compared to others). I know my review may not mean much because it seems like everyone on here loves the album, but I honestly just think its okay. It's not the track after track dynamite with the reggae/rock music I have learned to love and which O.A.R. seems to be straying farther and farther from; it's just an average album that anyone can put out there. I'll still be buying the album for a couple of tracks and to support a band that got me through college, but this just isn't the O.A.R. that I started following nearly 10 years ago.

Terrible Album

Up until Stories of a Stranger, O.A.R. was amazing and they were incredible live. But All Sides just isn't O.A.R. If you were a fan before they changed to this new style of music, don't buy All Sides, it will only disappoint you.

O.A.R??

This sounds nothing like O.A.R. If you're a long time fan of O.A.R. and like this album, I would really be surprised. This sounds like every other band out there. Huge disappointment.

Biography

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...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Jul 15, 2008

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