dEUS
Following Sea


3.5
great

Review

by Olivier De Clercq CONTRIBUTOR (39 Reviews)
June 1st, 2012 | 28 replies | 12,669 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With its many great individual moments Following Sea is a rewarding listen, but taken as a whole the record fails to live up to the back-catalogue of the acclaimed alternative rock outfit.

Less than a year after their last album, the acclaimed Keep You Close, dEUS returns with a new release, titled Following Sea, without even announcing they were writing new material. They just made the following statement: "This isn’t a clever marketing ploy or an attempt to grasp the zeitgeist but, more simply we are looking to get our music out whilst it is fresh." Fair enough, but seeing how it's been made in such a short period of time - whereas other dEUS records were usually years in the making - and while they were on tour, this instantly raises the question if Following Sea isn't rushed. The answer, unfortunately, is yes.

That isn't to say the album is bad, but Following Sea rarely feels more than just a collection of decent tunes. Last years' Keep You Close was a cohesive piece of work, with a great pace and revolving around a clear thematic concept. Furthermore, it was also a new direction musically for the band, which did pay off. Here on the other hand, we have an album that just feels standard, aside from a few gimmicks. The one that instantly grabs the attention is the fact that first single 'Quatre Main' is sung in French, when the other songs are in English. The lyrics themselves are great, and are complemented nicely by the brooding background music, but you can hear singer Tom Barman struggling with the delivery and although it's a cool experiment, the song doesn't go all too well with the rest of the tracks.

From there, the record dives into the more typical dEUS sound, with great atmospheric guitar work and Barman's mesmerizing smoker's voice, now in English. A lot of songs go back to the mid 70's, with the use of old school electric organs and funk-laden, danceable guitar riffs. The band stated that Following Sea acts as a summer album of sorts, and it's clear to sea why on tracks like the groovy 'Girls Keep Drinking' or the more relaxed 'Crazy About You'. Even the song titles themselves remind of that particular musical period. 'Sirens' on the other hand unfolds more as a terrific B-side from Keep You Close and it's in fact a shame it wasn't featured on that album. The interplay between the eery guitar licks and the piano balladry makes it a clear highlight. 'Fire Up The Google Beast Algorythm', on the other hand, is just as terrible as its title suggests. Luckily, the band picks up its game again with the album closer, 'One Thing About Waves', which delivers the expected grand finale effortlessly.

It's just too bad then, that when these songs are put together the end result is a bit all over the place. That's why Following Sea comes off as rushed, not because of the quality of the individual pieces, but because it just doesn't feel as a fully fleshed out album, a feeling every other dEUS record managed to give off, whether it was good or bad received. It's a bit too early to really see how well this record will compare to their other albums, but for now it's a bit of a letdown, although at the end of the day it's still a great listen. If you're a fan of the band, you can pop an extra half point onto the rating and everyone else is advised to at least give it a thourough listen, but note that there are better dEUS albums out there.



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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2012



6390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album out today! So yeah, tell me what you think guys. It's still a fun listen.

Quatre Mains: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsFfHdqNOWI
Album stream: drownedinsound.com/news/4145026-album-stream--deus-following-sea


Digging: Vessel - Punish, Honey

DoubtGin
June 1st 2012



6748 Comments


whoa

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2012



6390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, it was unexpected to say the least. Starting my seventh listen now :p

scissorlocked
June 1st 2012



3509 Comments


Whatttttt??? When did this happen? had no idea!

I'll check this right away and share some words- I suppose Tyr will make his appearance in this thread sooner or later too

Digging: Leon Vynehall - Music For The Uninvited

Tyrael
June 1st 2012



20797 Comments


You can't use italics in the summary ;]

Man good thing you reviewed this cause I probably hadn't noticed it otherwise

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2012



6390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I just noticed :-/
Damn those stupid edit issues...

It's pretty good, you'll probably like it :]

Tyrael
June 1st 2012



20797 Comments


Yeah I'll go listen to it as soon as I have the time

at any rate, Quatre Mains is a kickass song

oh and pos'd

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2012



6390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jup, too bad the whole album isn't in French.

Thanks man!

luschlotz
June 1st 2012



993 Comments


WOW, didnt know this existed.. they released this pretty quickly... gonna listen today

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2012



5979 Comments


Good review, pos.

Digging: Lisa Gerrard - Twilight Kingdom

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2012



6390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gracias! :]

Do check it out if it sparked your interest.

Tyrael
June 1st 2012



20797 Comments


I'm sure Voivod will like it

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2012



6390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sarcasm?

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2012



23800 Comments


yeah tyr was saying I need to hear these guys

Tyrael
June 1st 2012



20797 Comments


'Sarcasm?'

nevar

and yea Aids I did, get on it :]

BonRurgundy
June 1st 2012



349 Comments


http://www.dejkamusic.com/images/album/large/audioslave/out_of_exile.jpg
Copying this album art?

rotterdog
June 1st 2012



488 Comments


Yea, guess it's similar ... I don't think Audioslave has a copyright on using ocean photos as album covers though.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2012



15556 Comments


Another album already?

Digging: The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

Tyrael
June 1st 2012



20797 Comments


Sowing you like dEUS so just listen to it

:]

Nagrarok
June 2nd 2012



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

When I first saw this pop up on the front page I thought it might be an EP instead, Keep You Close came out less than a year ago after all. Seeing as that was among my top '11 albums, I'll be listening to this soon enough. Nice work clercqie.



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