Ocean Colour Scene was never a big concern in the U.S., although they were among the leading lights of British trad rock in the '90s -- the post-Oasis return to the real, memorably dubbed "Noel-rock" by the British press. So it's a little strange that their first hits collection, Songs for the Front Row, was initially released in the U.S., but that's the way these things go. In any case, Songs for the Front Row remains a pretty good overview of OCS's peak, skipping the first album entirely and offering a heavy dose of their best album, Mosely Shoals, balanced by a good dose of Marchin' Already and selections from their other two records, plus the brilliant B-side "Huckleberry Grove." This results in a good, accurate overview with no big songs missing, so on that level it's a good introduction, but if you really want to know why British audiences went crazy for this group, check out Mosley Shoals, which is the best neo-classic rock this side of Lenny Kravitz in the '90s.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine