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After three wonderful but undeservedly obscure albums on the Mantra label, for Six by Seven's fourth release, the now-trio went the self-released route on the Saturday Night Sunday Morning label, which bandleader Chris Olley used for his later efforts as Twelve.

04 is not quite a transitional release but acts more as a catchall, pulling together tracks from a variety of sessions that often have a rougher and more stripped-down feeling than the often majestic albums that preceded it. No question that the band's ambition remained intact, though, as the barnburning Motorik crunch "Untitled" which starts the album makes clear. Meantime, when 04 totally turns up the volume it does so full-on -- "Sometimes I Feel Like..." has instrumental breaks which could knock a wall down, while "Catch the Rain" ranks with the best of their should-have-been anthems.

Flashes of non-rock touches turn up at various points, thus the sitar (or sitar-like) melody that forms the core of the excellent "Ocean," but mostly this is Six by Seven doing what they have always done so well -- demonstrating that a well-established sound and format can be as thrilling and driving as ever it was. Even when some of the songs have a slightly more pedestrian feeling, as the blues-rock chug of "Say That You Want Me" shows, something like a brilliant Olley vocal performance, yearning and sharp, turns the tide. And when Olley delivers the chorus of "Bochum (Light Up My Life)" in particular, he makes a phrase pounded into horrible death by Debby Boone turn into one of the most life-affirming things around. Sometimes that's all one needs.

Originally released in 2004

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released December 9, 2011

produced by Chris Olley and Ric Peet except track 3 produced by Dave Fridmann and tracks 12 and 13 produced by Tim Holmes

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Track Name: Bochum (Light Up My Life)
Bochum (Light Up My Life)

I’ll let the moment
take you away
from here
I’ll let the moment
take you away
from here
were you lonely
did you need a friend?
did you want me
to take you away
from here?
were you lonely
did you need a friend?
did you want me
to take you away
from here?
You light up my life
when you smile
I got a love
and love
I can give it away
You light up my life
when you smile
I got a love
and love
I can give it away
Bochum
I don’t need you now
I don’t need your town
anymore
Bochum
I don’t need the grime
I don’t need the grime
of the Ruhr
You light up my life
when you smile
I got a love
and love
I can give it away
You light up my life
when you smile
I got a love
and love
I can give it away
Track Name: Catch The Rain
Catch the rain

you’ll never tell me
anything is right
my head is full
of fluid on the mind
It’s so criminal
this loneliness I feel
this solitude is
haunting me again
and if I tell you
everything I know
about giant steps
and satellites of love
would you promise me
to change it all today?
catch the rain now
catch the rain with me
catch the rain
catch the rain
and nothing here you see
is black and white
too busy trying harder
to be liked
well I was loved
was loved by everyone
now I catch the rain
the gentle busy English rain
and if I tell you
everything I know
about giant steps
and satellites of love
would you promise me
to change it all today?
catch the rain
catch the rain with me
catch the rain
and if I tell you
everything I know
about giant steps
and satellites
running slow
do you promise me
to change it all today?
would you catch the rain
and feed your mind with it?
because nothing here
you see is black and white
too busy trying
harder to be liked
well I was loved
loved by everyone that
you’ll ever need
catch the rain
catch the rain
catch the rain
Track Name: Ready For You Now
Ready For You Now

you got my head
on the floor
you got my
head on the floor
oh my mind
it’s so hard thinking
not like that anymore
in my head I still have
every thought
every sound
in my head
you know that I have
all the fun in the world!
Hey
I’m ready for you now
Hey
I’m ready for you now
in my life I got love
in my life i got love
oh my mind it’s
so hard thinking
sure don’t need anymore!
in my head i’m ok
in my head i’m insane
you got me thinking
all my drinking
will take this life away
Hey
I’m ready for you now
Hey
I’m ready for you now
and my Jesus can see
choosing this life is for me
you took my love
until you had enough
you’ve taken all I could give
in my head I got love
the sweetest love in the world
so many years
so many tears
brother I’m finally home
Hey
I’m ready for you now
Hey
I’m ready for you now
Track Name: Ocean
Ocean

37 and I set my sights
for the ocean
29 and you ain’t
quite ready for me
45 and i’m
waiting to see
what our love
can do for me
another wave
and off this head
I am floating
there’s a storm cloud
covering me
there’s a storm cloud
covering me
as I lay down
and let the ocean
the ocean
cover me
I rest my head
and feel my body
in motion
I rest my head
and cool myself
in the sea
I need a chance
and I’m willing
to try now
another day is
another chance now
another chance to
weather the storm
of the ocean
there’s a storm cloud
covering me
there’s a storm cloud
covering me
as I lay down
and let the ocean
the ocean cover me
I’m gonna rest my head
on the ocean
I’m gonna rest my head
on the ocean
Track Name: Sometimes I Feel Like...
Sometimes I Feel Like...

sometimes I feel like
i’m over you
sometimes I feel like
i’m over you
they run you out of town
you make it feel like
you make it feel like
you could lead the parade
you are spotless
you are ready friend
I’ve travelled all around
I’ve seen the world
you make it feel like
your alone in ths
I know
what i’m thinking
but I don’t know
how I feel
sometimes i feel like
I’’m so confused
sometimes i feel like
I’m getting so confused
with voices all around
I hail a taxi cab
I picked a place between
the stars and you
sometimes I feel like
I’m over you
sometimes I feel like
I’m over you
sometimes I feel like
I’m over you
sometimes I feel like
I’m over you
Track Name: There's A Ghost
There's A Ghost

there’s a ghost
in my head
telling me
to stay away
there’s a ghost
in my head
this life don’t
belong to me no
and were you wrong
to haunt me like you did?
and were you wrong
to haunt me like you did?
there’s a heart attack
in my chest
It’s been waiting
there for years
yeah there’s
a heart attack
in my chest
it’s gonna take away
this life from me
and were you wrong
to haunt me like you did
and were you wrong
to haunt me like you did?
there’s a ghost
in my head
it’s been waiting there for years
there’s a ghost
in my head
it’s been waiting there for years
Track Name: Say That You Want Me
Say That You Want Me

velocity, love
medicine, speed
miracle drug
chaos and greed
transmission blast
shallow degree
brother and sister
simple indeed
do I believe
I am walking on ice yeah?
do I believe
in a Jesus Christ yeah?
do I believe in the USA yeah?
do I believe
that it’s easy to say
that you want me?
say that you want me
to say that you want me
to say that you need me
to say that you want me
to say that you need me
down down
deeper and down yeah
I’m down down
up and down yeah
get down in the city
the city of light yeah
happiness is feeling alright yeah
do I believe
in the city of lights yeah?
do I believe
in the balck and the white yeah?
do I believe
we’re gonna make it OK yeah?
do I believe
that it’s easy to say
that you want me?
say that you want me
to say that you want me
to say that you need me
saying a prayer
saying it slow
preaching your stuff
from down in a hole
president gas
is being a “held”
lyrical wax
and a gun in the head
that you want me
say that you need me
say that you want me
say that you need me
you know it feels like us
you know it feels like home
Track Name: "Untitled"
"Untitled"

Falling out of love on an open road
Looking for a ride I should never take
I think about the past
looking back at my mistakes
Only hope is now, only hope today.

Look into my eyes
All alone this time
tell me I'm a rebel
All the time we had
all the time we have
you can't have it now
Tell me I'm alive
tell me I was right
tell me I'm a rebel
on an open road looking for a cause
only I could find.

Reaching out alone on an open road again
I should never go looking for a fight
I dream about the past
look into my eyes again
only love is love
only love is now

Look into my eyes
all alone this time
tell me I'm a rebel.
All the time we had
All the time we have
you can't have it now
Tell me I'm alive
tell me I was right
don't tell me I'm a rebel
On an open road
looking for a cause
only I could find
Track Name: Leave Me Alone
Leave Me Alone

give me the strength
to find a way back to the start
give me the strength to find a way
give me the strength to find the minutes I have left
of great mistakes men are made
give me the strength to find a way out of the west
I think I could learn to love you more
give me the time to let my heart beat to the left
I guess that time is all I have
give me the light to make a moonlight serenade
give me the basses give me the bows
give me the fool who ever really gets the blame
give me the trigger I can pull
give me the last word say it so I won’t forget
you know how I forget everything
give me the ride give me the right to have a life
time and life is all I have
leave me alone
leave me alone
leave me alone
leave me alone
give me a shot to make
a woman out of you
give me the chance
give me a chance
give me the truth to carve a name out of the stone
out of stone you are made
give me the chance
to find some
justice in this world
I’ll curse the light
out of your eyes
give me the strength give me the fight to carry on
carry on is all I have
leave me alone
leave me alone
leave me alone
leave me alone