The Ocean Blue
arrived as the 1980s drew to close, and their shimmering debut record on the famed "Sire Records"
label in 1989 seemed to summarize the best of the musical decade. The band of four teenagers from Hershey, Pennsylvania quickly achieved widespread acclaim and radio and MTV airplay, with top 10 Modern Rock/College Radio hits like "Between Something and Nothing"
and "Drifting, Falling"
. They followed their debut release with the subtle and atmospheric "Cerulean"
, and followed that with their highest charting pop album "Beneath the Rhythm and Sound"
and their highest charting single, "Sublime"
. Their new album, "Ultramarine"
recalls the sincere clarity of the band's early work with songs that soar with grace, blend cascading guitars and rich keyboards with lyrics that manage to evoke sentimentality, optimism and an appropriate romantic longing without being cloying or grating.