This album sounds like a celebrity side project. No, it sounds worse than a celebrity side project. It sounds like a celebrity side project without the celebrity.
Oh wait, that’s because it is a celebrity side project without the celebrity. Ether is the band behind Russell Crowe’s Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts. We all know that actors shouldn’t be allowed to sing or play in a band, but it’s news to us that they shouldn’t be allowed to ditch their band and let those people record boring, acoustic schlock like Great Ocean Road either.
Seriously, before I found out who they were, I thought this might be “praise music.” Their logo is the fish symbol, they have that overproduced, acoustic sheen on everything, and they have intensely lame lyrics like these from “The Link”:
What is the link between pain and true love?
Where is the road that all sorrows end?
What is the bond between a mother and a child?
The members of Ether should take up acting, and maybe Russell Crowe can hook them up with parts in his next movie.