Dirty Three
Ocean Songs


4.5
superb

Review

by C.F. USER (17 Reviews)
August 20th, 2010 | 27 replies | 10,456 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: These guys started writing songs about the ocean before it was cool to write songs about the ocean.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Dirty Three are one of those bands who seem like they have some intrinsic qualities about them that make it impossible to fall back on overwrought clichés. However, this comes to no surprise when you look at the niche they have carved for themselves; a Post-Rock band consisting of one violinist, one guitarist and one drummer. Their early career includes songs which would start with a very melancholic tone that seamlessly built to such an enormous degree that the volume and power alone could blow your hair back and leave you stunned in your seat. It was truly something to behold. After their previous release, Horse Stories, ran its course, this Australian trio decided to try something new with their follow up, Ocean Songs.

What sets Ocean Songs (an extremely appropriate title) apart from their other work is that it is a much more restrained album. Instead of trying to build up songs to such gargantuan masses resulting in an engaging and intense listening experience, Dirty Three try to capture a certain emotion; the emotion of feeling lost (at sea perhaps?). Such restraint is not an easy thing to do but they execute it to perfection. Every song on here features very slow and splashy jazz drumming accompanied with a subdued and earthy guitar as the violin seems to aimlessly meander through this ocean of loneliness and confusion with every splash of a cymbal or tension- and-release style chord change. When this atmosphere is brought to the table, the listener cannot help but picture being lost at sea and just floating along with every wave as they come.

Upon first listen, this album will probably come across as nothing spectacular: an album that does not know what to do with itself as each song just seems to go nowhere and takes a while to do so. After subsequent listens, however, the atmosphere achieved is something incredibly remarkable. Every violin melody will tug the listener’s heartstrings and every rise and fall of the guitar and drums will give them an extremely lyrical listen; all of this achieved without an atmosphere too intense for its own good but rather one with control and restraint. So as the hopeful Ends Of The Earth finishes, all of those feelings of loneliness and doubt that are portrayed throughout this album are resolved and washed away making this album perfectly comfortable with itself and a very rewarding one at that.



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WeepingBanana
August 20th 2010



10046 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i feel like this needed a review. badly

lobby
August 21st 2010



1251 Comments


yeah, this is good, aussie post-rock

PurpleDrank
August 21st 2010



417 Comments


awesome band.. i dont like this as much as whatever you love, you are though

vanderb0b
August 21st 2010



3473 Comments


Good review, this sounds pretty interesting.

Skimaskcheck
August 21st 2010



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review, i agree with it too

band is awesome

and the summary made me lol

qwe3
August 21st 2010



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

authentic celestial music is one of the best songs ever

WeepingBanana
August 21st 2010



10046 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i was gonna mention that song but i kind of tried to avoid speaking of songs as if they're individual because i feel like this is a more cohesive listen rather than a collection of songs

but yeah it's pretty amazing

NeutralThunder12
August 21st 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i want to love this band but I can't. I love their actual approach and style though, but they don't do enough with it. Nice review bro, pos

WeepingBanana
August 22nd 2010



10046 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if you don't like this you should listen to horse stories first, and then this

qwe3
August 22nd 2010



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nah definitely listen to cinder first, then ocean songs

WeepingBanana
August 22nd 2010



10046 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

listen to qwe. i only know this and horse stories

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2010



6022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, I was gonna review this, lol. Your review is good though; this album is sickkkk

Butkuiss
July 5th 2011



4109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Loving this at the moment. It's beautiful. And Aussie.

North0House2
July 5th 2011



5812 Comments


I totally forgot about these guys.
I keep on seeing their name floating around, and I remember them for a moment. But then, I forget about them before I listen to them again.
Good review. I'm going to actually REMEMBER to listen to this, I haven't in years.

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Butkuiss
July 6th 2011



4109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Found this while perusing JB Hi-Fi today, actually. I wouldn't have minded a physical copy. But it was $30. Ah well. Next time.

qwe3
July 6th 2011



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dayum 30 bucks.

this is so fukn good though holy shit.

WeepingBanana
July 6th 2011



10046 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haven't played this in fo'evah

InAbsentia
December 1st 2011



3542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is fantastic.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 1st 2011



10585 Comments


It's pretty dece

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InAbsentia
December 1st 2011



3542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I bought this because of the cover. It's good to be impulsive sometimes...



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