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This Is The Sea (album) by The Waterboys 

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This Is The Sea
This Is The Sea by The Waterboys (1985)
Overall rank: 1,030th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 179 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1985 (14th)
Top albums of the 1980s (159th)
Best albums of all time (1,030th)

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WATERBOYS THIS IS THE SEA UK CASSETTE ALBUM CHRYSALIS ZCHEN3 1985 IRISH FOLK ROC
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This Is The Sea is ranked as the best album by The Waterboys.

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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 179 votes)
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75/100
From Junomoogmello 03/31/2018 14:42
This album still sounds fresh today, some twenty plus years after it was produced. It is worth owning for Don't Bang the Drum and Whole of The Moon alone!
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From Sandrof1969 02/17/2018 10:13
Era già un gran disco "This is the sea": ottima scrittura e quella giusta dose di spiritualità senza che si corresse il rischio di passare per santoni come avveniva per i ( più o meno ) conterranei e coevi U2. Più forte, semmai, l'influenza di un altro grande irlandese: Van Morrison. "Old England" è una delle mie canzoni preferite, ma ce ne sono altre ottime: a mancare in "This is the sea", piuttosto, è una capacità di sintesi sonora. Avrebbero corretto il tiro e ne sarebbe sortito il capolavoro dei Waterboys: "Fisherman's blues".
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From garycottier 06/24/2016 16:45
A good album. This is the sea, features all kinds of influences from folk and country to pop and rock'n'roll. Whole of the moon, is obviously the standout, a brilliant song. Elsewhere, there are plenty of other good tracks on offer; don't bang the drum, old England, and the Dylanish, be my enemy. Probably the Waterboys best album.
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85/100
From sethmadsen 04/21/2016 04:48
Reminds my of my older sister. She loved this album growing up.
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From Martini 10/07/2015 13:16
Amazing album! The Whole Of The Moon, Old England, Trumpets and This Is The Sea are some of my all-time favourite tracks.
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From Mez123 05/20/2015 00:48
Underrated gem classic! Love it. A+ stuff. MEZ
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From Timhop 12/17/2014 19:26
This album really was a vindication for me. It took all that bland 80s junk and blew it right out the water. Listening to it was an intense, cathartic, almost spiritual experience. Its banks of layered acoustic guitars, violins, pianos and brass set it apart from anything else in 1985. It remains one of my all-time favourites, and I think Mike Scott and Karl Wallinger were one of Britain’s all-time great song-writing teams, even though their partnership was all-too brief. Just listening to it now and realise I really have to bump it up my chart a bit...
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90/100
From Gooz 06/24/2014 12:55
Very good fellas!
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40/100
From timtooky 04/24/2014 21:19
is this one underrated? hmmm...
ok. it's the big sound with the ebulliant violins, the energetic singing, the opulent and tuneful sounds. but it's also a bit boastful and pixilated. imho it's exactly correct rated: a good album - but not one of the best.
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From thereckoner 09/13/2013 10:13
Criminally underrated!

Up! Up! Up the rankings!

It's enchanting and impressive celtic pop - a classy album.
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