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The Cruel Sea came very close to breaking up after the massive Australian success of 1994's Three Legged Dog, and the group who returned on 1998's Over Easy is pointedly different than before, although the personnel is the same. The live-in-a-room sound of Three Legged Dog is absent; in its place, the Cruel Sea have adopted a songwriting style based on slowly evolving layers of loops and samples, with an increased interest in reggae and other world music styles to boot. The Thin Lizzy-like folk-metal of "Hard Times" and the Beck-inspired wonky groove of "13th Floor" in particular reveal appealing new sides to the band. The lazy, summery vibe of the single "Taking All Day" is more traditional Cruel Sea fare, with singer Tex Perkins more to the forefront than he is on the rest of the album. Dismissed by some longtime fans as a misguided experiment, Over Easy is actually a most intriguing album that shows off the group's strengths in new and interesting ways.


Formed: 1987 in Sydney, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

By bringing together two very different influences, almost like adding oil to water, the Cruel Sea created a style of rock which extended Australian rock & roll culture and, at the same time, made them one of the most successful Australian groups of the '90s. It started as an idea guitarist Danny Rumour had carried with him since his days in punk rock bands. As a regular at a Sydney pub, whenever a band cancelled or there was no gig on, Rumour would jump on stage with a few local musicians and...
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