I’ve had “Oberon Rose Review” on my to-do list for weeks. I honestly have no reason as to why it has taken me so long to find the time to do this review but all I can say is that my gut is telling me that this ten track album is going to be more than worth to wait so why delay this any longer. Let’s jump into Oberon Rose’s brand new album ‘Purple, Blue & Crimson’!
This album kicks off with the title track, “Purple, Blue & Crimson” and I was instantly transported to a different era as the song took over my house. I could smell the patchouli, hear the beaded doorways rattle with sound, and see the tapestries hanging from the walls and over the windows. Okay, maybe I’m a bit off of my description but the timeless psychedelic vibes that reigned supreme throughout this song definitely had me blasted back into the 70s which, in actuality, I know nothing about other than what I’ve seen in movies. Regardless, I loved how this song instantly took me away from my computer and the stress of work and was beyond excited to see if this mood would keep up throughout the album.
“Revelation Mountain” definitely keeps with the aged (with a modern twist) vibe laid out in the opening track. There’s something a bit more southern rock about this song which was a bit surprising but I loved the blend that this new style brought when combined with the psychedelic sensibilities that Oberon Rose clearly pulls off so effortlessly. Although I felt like this song didn’t catch me as much as the opening song did, I loved that it was expanding on all of the sides of this band. Things continued to expand as the album moved onto “Seen By Angels”.
The opening of “Seen By Angels” is quick but dramatic and acts as almost a palate cleanser as the band moves into a slower and more deliberate tempo. Although this song is a lot slower than what I typically go for, I loved the way you could clearly hear the beautiful vocal harmonies that this band has scattered throughout the album and the fact that you are also able to hear all of the layers of instrumentation at various parts throughout the song. It’s almost like an “Oberon Rose Deconstructed” type song. I know it’s meant to be more than that as the emotion that comes in the vocals is absolutely gorgeous but that’s what I got out of this song.
Just as I was settling into this slower vibe of Oberon Rose, they hit me with “Abilene”. Sure, this song isn’t as rocking as the first two but there’s something just a bit more energetic about this song than what I got from “Seen By Angels”. In this song, it was the power that struck me. Whether it’s the power from the vocals, the strummed guitar, or the steady drums, this song just screamed power to me in an almost calming way which, at first, was confusing for my ears to figure out but about half way through, I just felt myself let go and get lost in this track.
Honestly, I was so lost in “Abilene” that the only reason I knew the song had switched was the complete change in guitar tone as “Four Winds” took over my house. This song kicks off with an acoustic guitar which was probably featured previously but seemed to get buried with everything else going on. Relating back to “Seen By Angels”, this song is another slow and steady track with a very slow-dance feel to it. Although I was really looking for something energetic and bold to bring my motivation back for the day so I could continue working through the night, there’s no denying the beauty in this track. Another super dramatic painted picture here but this song made me wish the snow was gone so I could go outside and lay in the grass and just watching the sky turn to night. Again, dramatic, I know, but this song is dramatic in all of the right ways and will surely make you feel warm, cozy, and all of those other things that music should make you feel.
Although “O’ Tambourine” doesn’t quite bring back the energy felt in the first two tracks, it brings a sense of mystical whimsy to this album that I wasn’t quite expecting. It’s still very much rootsy, bluesy and psychedelic but it has a super playful tone and composition to it. Really, it’s a rollercoaster of a ride as it starts off slow and ballad-like but then jumps into a completely infectious chorus (yes, with a tambourine front and center) before falling back again. It was crazy to me how many “movements” I felt throughout this track even though it was just under three minutes long but that, again, is just part of the magic that is Oberon Rose.
“Lazy Eye of the Dawn” finally brings back that southern rock sound that got me hooked at the beginning and, as this nearly four-minute song played, I started to question all of my life choices. I’ve always been one of those people that strays away from old sounding music. I’m not sure why but my heart has just always leaned to more modern things in the pop-punk, punk, and metal scenes but, as “Lazy Eye of the Dawn” played through, I started to make note that I should really go back and listen to music from the 70s because this was great. The imagery that was flashing through my head throughout this song was clear as day but I won’t paint another cheesy picture for you. Just listen to this song, close your eyes, and let me know what you see!
I was super into the energy of the last song but things quickly fell back down for another slow and steady song. “Broken Bow” is another gorgeous track that really showcases the more sensitive side of Oberon Rose but, sadly, after the energy of “Lazy Eye of the Dawn”, I felt like it just couldn’t really keep my attention. That being said, I fell into this song and instead of just skipping it, I involuntarily let it play with my eyes closed as the fading light from the sun bled into my window. Yes, it’s a mood and it was absolutely a moment but I was quickly shook out of the medititive state as “Rainmaker” took over.
“Rainmaker” was instantly a favorite song of mine from this album. The song wastes no time hitting you with the swagger that is Oberon Rose. Although you still have that classic psychedelic vibe in this song, the beginning of it has a much more rootsy feel to it that drags you in before the psychedelics kick in. I mean, before the psychedelic breaks kick in. You get it– right? Another track that is so easy to get lost in, I found myself just grooving out to this familiar yet unique sound all the way until the end of the song.
Closing out ‘Purple, Blue & Crimson’ is “Big Night Out”. I was expecting a big and in your face sound due to this being the final track and the name of the song. That’s not exactly what I got but I loved the way they end this album. This song is truly all over the place and nods to the various moods and feelings I got throughout the album. It truly ends the journey nicely and in a way that you could be content with either moving on with your day or going back to enjoy this journey all over again. It’s triumphant and, like the rest of the album, full of heart and passion.
Vintage psychedelic bluesy roots rock has never quite been my thing but, after listening to ‘Purple, Blue & Crimson’ from Oberon Rose, I’m thinking maybe I should reassess that statement.
My Favorite Track(s): “Purple, Blue & Crimson”; “Rainmaker”
For Fans Of: Psychedelic Vibes; Moody Bluesy Rootsy Music
Mosh-ability: 1 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Alfie slept in the sunlight on the arm of the couch; Autumn slept like a loaf right next to my desk; Artie screamed for dinner from the kitchen
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 8 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 8.3 out of 10
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