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Oxford U-Out of the Blue "High Tide"

Discuss our reviews or just talk about any old album.

If you had to absolutely choose (just for fun--i know the debate has been done to death!):

CD with mega effects that sounds slick and smooth
14
56%
CD that captures live/group sound with some mistakes
11
44%
 
Total votes : 25

Oxford U-Out of the Blue "High Tide"

Postby brianhaverkate » Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:25 am

I was interested to read the review on this CD after seeing them live in New York this past spring for the ICCA finals. These guys were by far my favorite group at competition doing everything I could ever want to see and hear in a college men's group. They've got heart, passion, and an exuberance (sp?) that can only really be experienced live. Although arranging was still in Doo-Wop mode back in 1992, they remind me of a group called The Friars from the University of Michigan. Solid musically, but always searching to exploit humor in any way they can.

You might think lower review scores might steer me away from this CD, but on the contrary it makes me want to buy it. Lots of groups are using current technology to record their CDs these days (auto-tune, click-tracking, chorusing, layering, VP sampling, etc.), and although it sounds like the guys used some of the more simple techniques to enhance their sound it seems they're trying to capture their live sound. For that I applaude them!

I wish we could have a split in the RARB review where these CDs that try to capture a live/group sound was reviewed independently of the groups trying to utilize as much technology as they can to produce a superb technical CD. I'm sure that would be difficult though; how do you differentiate between a group using 2 effects VS 8 effects. Probably just a dream. I like 'em both and am looking forward to hearing the new BOCA, but they are certainly different. It's like comparing a classical or a jazz record to a rock or pop record. Different goals....different results. I just recently bought 2 new CDs in the past week... 1) Harry Connick Jr.'s new CD and 2) All-American Rejects. Boy do both of these CDs have merits that completely contradict each other. But I love them both! What to do about it???

Congratulations Out of the Blue for putting your heart and soul into your CD! I look forward to hearing it and seeing you perform live again sometime.
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