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The Sky and the Ocean

  • 1. Somewhere in My Heart
    2. It's Alright
    3. Don't I Wish
    4. Sky and the Ocean
    5. Two Seconds
    6. Warm Weather
    7. Asking Why
    8. Dead of Winter
    9. Annabel
    10. Drifting
    11. Diamonds
    12. Dear Nobody
    13. Everything
    14. Thought I Was the One
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2126

  • Credits
    ProducerJeff Oakes; Matthew Smith
    EngineerChris Taylor; Dave Feeny; Jim Diamond

    Recording information: Iron Mountain Studios, Plymouth, MI; Tempermill Studios, Ferndale, MI.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Russell Ledford; Keir McDonald; Scott Michalski.
    Detroit's Volebeats' third full-length album, The Sky and the Ocean, is a standout effort demonstrating that their songwriting chops just continue to improve with each album. Once again bandmembers Jeff Oakes (vocals), Matthew Smith (lead guitar, vocals) and Bob McCreedy (guitar, vocals), serve up unforgettable melodic hooks with thoughtful lyrical content. The Volebeats' arrangements are uncluttered and the laid-back, acoustic-based country-folk grooves are embellished mainly by Smith's haunting Shadows-style lead guitar. And that style is particularly gripping on the stunning title track, underscoring artful lyrics with an eerie musical vibe that resembles a '60s movie theme. The band steps it up on an uncharacteristic, although fittingly welcome, rockabilly-tinged number "Warm Weather," which features some rollicking ivory-tickling by one-time bandmember Keir McDonald. Although any of the group's records would be a worthwhile choice, The Sky and the Ocean showcases an extremely ear-pleasing and talented band that has hit its stride. ~ Jack Leaver

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (1/98, p.88) - Included on Spin's list of "Unheard Music." - "...This Detroit country-and-western quintet are more partial to barstool weepers than honky-tonk stomps....But bless their achy-breaky hearts, they layer enough gorgeous vocal harmonizing over their sturm und twang to keep you ordering up another round, again and again and again."
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