March 15, 2001

Test Spins: O.A.R.

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O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) is quickly becoming known as one of the best good-time bands around. On the strength of their first two self-released albums and a powerhouse live show, O.A.R. have gained a tremendous word-of-mouth reputation as the latest sucessor to the “jam band” mantle.

On their third effort, Risen, the band has refined and tightened their irresistable pop hooks, making for a more cohesive listen. This is especially shown in re-recordings of old songs like “Night Shift” and “Hey Girl,” which are both turned from loose, meandering reggae numbers into punchy pop tunes. Of the new songs, “Delicate Few” is a chilled-out paeon to relaxing with your lover, “Here’s To You” is a hyper start-stop rocker, and “King Of The Thing” is an upbeat look back at the past.

Archived article by Ed Howard