ALBUM REVIEW: The Ophelias – Crocus | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Joyful Noise Recordings

Released: 24.09.21






Returning from 2018’s well received Almost, Ohio four-piece The Ophelias take an interesting new direction on Crocus, meaning that at its finest – such as the delicate title track or harder/Celtic sounding Becoming A Nun – it becomes a fabulous, confessional, tour de force collection of indie folk pop, blending unique melodies with deft musicality.

Fully open in its lyrics, Crocus is a confident delivery of authenticity, producing slightly Alanis Morissette spikiness in places, and slightly broken-hearted Whistkeytown wistfulness in others. Perhaps sticking too much to a songwriting and instrumentation formulae across the full album, Crocus misses top marks by being a bit too repetitive in places; a shame given the risks they initially took to change their sound. Perhaps sometimes you can have too much of what you want.


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