O. Children
O. Children


4.0
excellent

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (60 Reviews)
October 21st, 2010 | 11 replies | 4,119 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: English newcomers O. Children want you to remember Goth rock

O. Children wants everyone to remember a time when The Cure and Joy Division ruled the land. A time when Goth rock was so good it made kids brood like nobody’s business. A time before all the hipsters became less depressed and more ironic and douchey. A time when atmospherics and the art of the brood were at an all-time high. A time called 1981.

Pretty much all of their debut would fit in 1981 if it wasn’t for the amazing production. The haunted guitars always seemingly in the background, the synths adding atmosphere at every turn, and the brooding, over-the-top vocalist all scream 80s. About the vocalist: he has the most theatrical baritone heard in years. At times you think he is Peter Steele of Type O Negative, and other times you think he is The Count from Sesame Street or the “Chocolate Rain” guy. It is really hard to take him seriously sometimes, but overall his voice fits the mood of the music.
It is very clear who their influences are, as O. Children are equal parts Joy Division, The Smiths, and The Cure. This turns out to be less than bad purely for the fact that the songwriting here is fantastic. Songs like “Ruin” and “Dead Disco Dancer” show their flair for the dramatic with a huge amount of synths and theatrical lyrics. There are honestly few points throughout the album that are bad, most notably the beginning to “Radio Waves,” with terrible lyrics and a riff ripped off of a weak Interpol album, but even that song has song strong points to it. The best song on the album is definitely “Smile,” a quieter tune that show a band firing on all cylinders with a wonderfully written song.

O. Children’s debut shows a band with a clear love of early 80’s Goth rock and a flair for the dramatic and over-the-top. At points they seem a bit derivative, and you can’t ever tell if they are being completely serious or not, but everything comes together for a very enjoyable listening experience. They have clear songwriting skills and a great combination of skills. Plus, there are English, and everyone knows all the great brooders are English.



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2010



7762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Many, many people will hate this, but I love it
http://www.myspace.com/ochildren

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2010



7762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey fuck you guys

xfearbefore
October 21st 2010



1192 Comments


Nice review man, this sounds interesting, huge Cure and Joy Division fan so I'm going to have to check this out it seems.

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crank
October 21st 2010



332 Comments


I'll give this a listen - sounds interesting.

North0House
October 22nd 2010



1764 Comments


Cool review. I like the first paragraph. It made me laugh. Hipsters annoy me.
I believe I've come across these guys a few times while searching around. I'm not sure I've ever listened to their stuff though... I'll check them out, especially since I love Joy Division.

crank
October 22nd 2010



332 Comments


hold up !

Equal parts The Smiths, The Cure, & Joy Division?

omg wow

xfearbefore
October 24th 2010



1192 Comments


So this is pretty damn awesome. Best "goth" record I've heard in a long time.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2010



7762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I think it rules

xfearbefore
October 24th 2010



1192 Comments


Lead singer's voice kind of reminds me of Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas, which is awesome.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2010



7762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HAHA I got a total chocolate rain vibe from his voice

bornthetravestyofman
December 2nd 2010



69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album. Very nice to see someone write a review for this. Wish more of Sputnik listened to this because I'm sure they'd get something out of it.

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