O.A.R. (Of a Revolution) is one of those do-it-yourself success stories.
O.A.R. (Of a Revolution) is one of those do-it-yourself success stories. It has built a devoted following and sold a bunch of albums through its own sweat and determination. In Between Now and Then is the quintet's major-label debut, and it won't do O.A.R.'s burgeoning reputation any harm at all. At once earnest and sportive, it has echoes of Dave Matthews Band (the disc was produced by occasional DMB helmsman John Alagia) but glides off on more tangents than Matthews and his chums. A folk-rock-reggae-jazz-everything swirl, the sonic synergy inhabits unusual and blissful places. The best examples of this are the conga-line pop of "Hey Girl" and the eight-minute cocktail of tempos and styles that is "Whose Chariot." The good-time lyrics of Mark Roberge and the sublime sax of Jerry DePizzo redefine "easy listening."—AZ