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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: SPV
  • ASIN: B0025X4PL0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Commemorative T-Shirt
2. Unfamiliar
3. Trail of Fire
4. Savant
5. Only Twin
6. An Old Friend of the Christies
7. Sleeping Dogs and Dead Lions
8. The Frame
Disc: 2
1. Commemorative T-Shirt (DVD)
2. Unfamiliar (DVD)
3. Trail of Fire (DVD)
4. Savant (DVD)
5. Only Twin (DVD)
6. An Old Friend of the Christies (DVD)
7. Sleeping Dogs and Dead Lions (DVD)
8. The Frame (DVD)

Editorial Reviews

One of the UK's true innovators, Oceansize have carved a unique place for themselves in the music scene. Previous albums EFFLORESCE and EVERYONE INTO POSITION have been hugely critically acclaimed. This acclaim is in part recognition that Oceansize look to do things differently to the mainstream. The sound is progressive but never forgets the importance of good songs.

FRAMES is an album that takes the band to the next level. Eight tracks weighing in at 67 minutes, this is not an album of the instant - but ultimately forgettable - single . The band weaves layers of instrumentation and vocals to create a unique sound and feel. From the hypnotic weave of 'Commemorative T-Shirt' to the skewed rock riffs of 'Sleeping Dogs and Dead Lions', from the epic sweeping orchestration of 'Savant' to the broodingly minimal instrumental 'An Old Friend Of The Christies', this is Oceansize's darkest, most adventurous and most accomplished album to date.

FRAMES was recorded at Monnow Valley Studios and produced by Chris Sheldon (Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters, Radiohead)

The N. American Bonus DVD contains the full album played by Oceansize in live video versions!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FortySixAndTwo on July 23, 2009
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I am a relatively new addition to the circle of Oceansize fans. I picked up their stunningly impressive album "Everyone Into Position" a little over a year ago and I absolutely loved it. It had moodiness, emotion, depth, and an engaging mix of progressive rock, space rock, delicacy, and power. So when I learned of the North American release of their 2007 album "Frames" a few months ago, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy and discover the direction of their musical trajectory.

I have to admit that I had a tough time with "Frames" upon my first listen. The album is very different from EIP. The eight songs that comprise "Frames" are denser, darker, moodier, and less accessible than the tracks on EIP. There is much more experimentation on display here, and as a result (and especially if you are using EIP as your frame of reference) the songs might not grab you on the first couple of spins of the disc. However, that is where the beauty of this album lies: it rewards your patience. The more time I spent listening to it, the more the album revealed all of Oceansize's various influences to me through the shadings, arrangements, structures, and instrumentations of each track. Thus the title of my review...

The opening track 'Commemorative 9/11 T-Shirt' is especially effective at setting the tone that this album is not merely a followup to EIP but instead stands alone as its own autonomous musical statement. It builds on a simple and delicate odd-time guitar melody to an eventual crescendo of heavy power chord riffing, yet despite all of the dynamic variations during the next 8 minutes they never really stray from the primary melody.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By maggotbrain on March 22, 2010
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This could be called progressive rock, but not if you think of prog as cheesy late 70s music chock full of dated-sounding mellotrons (although Oceansize does, at times, use mellotrons), lyrics that might as well be excerpts from The Lord Of The Rings, and endless guitar solos that sound like they belong in porn movies. Frames, the latest album by Oceansize, is progressive rock in that the music progresses. Sounding like a group of theoretical physicists who double-majored in music, Oceansize put out complex harmonies, rapidly changing time signatures, and polyrhythms that Einstein couldn't understand

But enough about how complex the music is, Frames is strikingly beautiful, even in the most intense head-banging metal moments. Refusing to conform to pop standards seems to be the group's goal. Only Twin, one of the album's best, is a song that no other group in the world could pull off; the song has a 3/4 time signature, so naturally, when the drums and guitar arrive in 5/8 time signature they'll seem out of place. After listening for a while, you will start to understand what's going on, and that it works. That's the thing about this band, is that behind the bizarre math-rock exterior, for those who pay close attention, it WORKS. Savant is a breathtakingly beautiful song with surreal lyricism that introduces a string section and gradually removes the rhythm section to create a baroque sounding string-piece at the end. Unfamiliar shows how Oceansize are excelllent at using hooks without abusing them to the point where you want to puke. No song on this album has a verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure, making the album a surprising, adventurous affair the whole way through.

Do not be deterred by the fact that I only mentioned only a few tracks. There are no "fillers" here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel A. Carr on June 15, 2009
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I have been a devotee of prog-rock since its inception, way back in the late 60's. I have worn out multiple copies (and formats) of Yessongs, for one. I never thought I would find a band that surpassed them. But then about a year or so ago I was listening to Pandora and up came a cut from this album (if you can still call it that). I also got hooked up with Porcupine Tree, but Oceansize is special. The title cut is, in fact, my new, personal "anthem."

Lush, intricate rhythms, mesmerizing lyrics, astounding drumming and a clean sound. What more do you want?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett on May 24, 2012
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FRAMES is simply phenomenal. I revisited this masterpiece today for the first time in awhile, and by a couple minutes into track one, decided I needed to add my glowing praises to its page on Amazon. I'm appalled to see only five others have commented so far, and can only hope this is in part because of the long (~18 month) and unfortunate delay between the original Fall 2007 release of FRAMES and its stateside availability.

To cut to the chase, FRAMES represents the peak of Oceansize's stunningly dense and brilliant career that spanned the years 2002-2010. Their previous two LPs were also undeniably five-star efforts, but this one is the most consistent and hard-hitting of them all. Those earlier records each contained multiple tracks which might contend for the title of all-time best OC song, yet they also faltered -- if only briefly -- with material just a peg or two short of the perfection they're capable of in their best form. FRAMES, on the other hand, doesn't miss a beat.

This is one of those rare discs I found myself jamming exclusively not for a mere week or two after release, but rather for MONTHS. My choice of favorite song cycled through all seven non-instrumentals, each time accompanied by the realization that I'd missed the best nuances on a track I'd previously found a tad lacking. It's also the most cohesive Oceansize record, rewarding an uninterrupted front-to-back listen every bit as much as DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. The way it communicates such a specific, palpable mood and atmosphere, while remaining dynamic enough to weave in both "Savant" and "Sleeping Dogs," is nearly unparalleled in modern rock.

4.9/5
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