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A bit of a jumble

Reviewed March 2008

Strangers and Deranged Patients
Strangers and Deranged Patients
By Pacific Ocean Fire

Azra Records: 2008

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With a variety of approaches that range in sound from the arena excess of early U2 to the even earlier country-rock grit of Gram Parsons to a mellow kind of Jayhawks folk-rock groove, England's Pacific Ocean Fire suffers not a all from talent or musicality, but perhaps a touch from a lack of cohesiveness on their new CD from the locally based Azra Records.

Based out of Leicester, the band displays a thick, full sound throughout the recording. And their delivery is consistently confident, their playing always sharp. But the hopping from style to style can make for a disjointed listening experience – particularly as there doesn't seem to be any larger, overarching denominator to tie it all together.

Each song by itself is an interesting listen; hearing them all one after another is just plain confusing.

Review by Jim Trageser. Jim is a writer and editor living in Escondido, Calif., and was a contributor to the "Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD" (1993) and "The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Blues" (2005).

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