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1OA -The Michigan Daily -Monday, October 14, 1996

The Ocean Blue drowns with plain new album

The Ocean Blue
See the Ocean Blue
Mercury Records
**
Ho hum. The Ocean Blue was once
an inventive pop band, making beauti-
ful, ethereal music that combined '80s'
synthesizers with '90s' jangly guitar so
seamlessly that often it all sounded

like one instrument. Singer David
Schlezel added his Morrissey-esque
whine to create sonic landscapes that
really were alternative. But now, they
sound just like every other let's-sell-
our-pain band that tries to make an
epic and miserably fails. "See the
Ocean Blue" is by no means a bad
album, but it is also by no means a dis-
tinctive album.

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What happened? The only explana-
tion to offer is that they weren't selling.
Granted, a group needs to make a living
and broaden its musical base, but that
doesn't mean it has to sacrifice its
vision. To be fair, there are some
good songs here. "Behind"
is an ominous, sad ballad
in 3/4 time that will
bring tears to all who
listen. "Bitter," the
best bet for a hit,
may be a half-heart-
ed attempt to be
Nirvana, but it sure is
catchy. And "Bye" has
an irresistible sha-la-la cho-
rus that recalls both the Chills
and the Monkees, if that is at all possi-
ble.
In fact, one can play spot-the-influ-
ence with virtually all of the songs,
which is of course the problem. The
Ocean Blue is trying to be everyone but

itself, and it will have to change that if
it wants to avoid eternal condemnation
to the discount bins. There is absolutely
nothing alternative about this disc -
stick with the group's excellent 1989
self-titled album (you can proba-
bly find it for $3.99 some-
where with an "over-
stock" sticker on it)
and you'll be much
happier.
- Mark Feldman
Fastball
Make Your Mama
Proud
Hollywood Records
Another generic "alternative" rock
band. Woo-hoo! Fastball definitely does
not break any ground with their debut
"Make Your Mama Proud," but what

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separates it from a lot of the crap out
there is that it's really catchy and fun to
listen to.
The biggest problem that Fastball has
is too many influences. Songs like
"Make Your Mama Proud" recall power
pop like Rocket From the Crypt. "Back
Door" and "Altamont" sound like
something Urge Overkill would do.
"Are You Ready For the Fallout," featur-
ing Matthew Sweet on polymoog, is an
acoustic, southern-flavored rock tune.
Other songs like "Human Torch,"
"Emily," and "Seattle" are just plain
silly jaunts that bring back memories of

early '60s rock and something like a
cross between the Pixies and the Police,
if that's even possible. That's the prob-
lem: Nothing on this album sounds
remotely original, so it will probably do
real well on the radio.
Don't look for too much meaning
from Fastball and don't look at "Make
Your Mama Proud" for anything ne%*
If you see it for a couple bucks, make
Fastball's mamas proud and maybe
pick it up and listen to it. If not, make
your mama proud and save your
money.
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Thursday October 17
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Thursday October 17 through
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Thursday October 17
Dedication of the Lurie Tower,
Music & Light show at 9:00 pm
Friday October 18
Parade down S.University to S.State to ,
N.University to the Power Center
6:00 pm
Featurina Men's and

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Featuring: Hustle Contest
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Attire: Semi-formal, masquerade masks
nrnidAd. refrshments served

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Women's Glee Club, Michigan Pep band, Orbitron,
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