michael gallucci

MUSIC REVIEW — SHOUT OUT LOUDS

In Uncategorized on 01/26/2010 at 4:19 am

Shout Out Louds

Work

(Merge)

On their third album, these warmhearted Scandinavians scale back the production dramatics of their last album and follow their instincts, which lead them directly to a joyful and slightly fretful mix of ’60s-through-’80s-inspired pop. Work’s opening song is called “1999,” but that’s at least a decade too late for these Cure fans. Riding a skipping drum and synth beat, frontman Adam Olenius reminisces over a cherished concert and other life-changing memories from his youth. The hooky chorus at the center of “Fall Hard” proudly displays Shout Out Louds’ most laudable gift: Olenius and his bandmates wear their hearts on their sleeves, with a ton of compassion and without an ounce of self-consciousness. –Michael Gallucci

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