O.S.I. - Office Of Strategic Influence

Year of Release: 2003
Label: InsideOut
Catalog Number: IOMCD 116
Format: CD
Total Time: 76:05:00

This review is excerpted from Clayton's March 9, 2003 The Prog Life column found here -ed.

And speaking of Dream Theater former keyboardists[*], Kevin Moore has gotten together with Dream Theater drummer extraordinaire Mike Portnoy and Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos to form the side project, Office Of Strategic Influence. This album sounds exactly what you might expect when combining the hard-edged musical approach of Portnoy and Matheos with the softer, Pink Floyd-style approach of Moore's current group, Chroma Key. To be more specific, this sounds like a Porcupine Tree album. In fact, Porcupine Tree leader Steve Wilson sings one of the songs on this cool disc.

*which Clayton was in the context of the article, in his Planet X - Moon Babies review; tracklisting is for the 2cd special edition -ed.

Released in North America by InsideOut Music America (Regular edtion: IOMACD 2049-2)

Disc One: The New Math (What He Said) (3:36) / OSI (3:48) / When You?re Ready (4:09) / Horseshoes And B-52s (4:18) / Head (5:17) / Hello, Helicopter! (3:44) / ShutDOWN (10:35) / Dirt From A Holy Place (5:10) / Memory Daydreams Lapses 5:56) / Standby (Looks Like Rain) (2:09) / Videoclip: Horseshoes And B-52s

Disc Two: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (8:49) / New Mama (2:22) / The Thing That Never Was (17:21) / plus: video documentary

Jim Matheos - guitars, keyboards, programming
Kevin Moore - vocals, keyboards, programming
Mike Portnoy - drums
Sean Malone - bass, stick
Steven Wilson - vocals (7)

Office Of Strategic Influence (2003)
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Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin US

Added: March 9th 2003
Reviewer: Clayton Walnum

Artist website: www.osiband.com
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Language: english


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