11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sweden’s Shout Out Louds have overcome the fact that singer Adam Olenius’ voice is sometimes uncannily similar to the Cure’s Robert Smith, and while Work does carry a Cure-trademarked melancholy (plus the occasional fat bass line), the feel is mostly of a band growing into its own shoes, and expanding on its already considerable songwriting talents. Acoustic guitar and piano on songs like “Four By Four,” strings on “Paper Moon” and spooky beds of organ on “The Candle Burned Out” contribute to the somber side of the album, and smartly crafted melodies —  both bittersweet (“Throwing Stones,” “Show Me Something New”) and bubbly (“1999,” “Fall Hard”) — color the lighter side. “Walls,” released as a single after “Fall Hard,” trades in a verse-chorus-verse formula for a steady layering of drums and guitars — with a neat flight of piano chords serving as the chorus/hook — and Olenius’ voice riding the tune’s quickening pace to an urgent coda: “Never trust anyone, so run away, run, run, run, run!” It’s a song that cleverly embeds in your head, without obvious stickiness, as does much of Work.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sweden’s Shout Out Louds have overcome the fact that singer Adam Olenius’ voice is sometimes uncannily similar to the Cure’s Robert Smith, and while Work does carry a Cure-trademarked melancholy (plus the occasional fat bass line), the feel is mostly of a band growing into its own shoes, and expanding on its already considerable songwriting talents. Acoustic guitar and piano on songs like “Four By Four,” strings on “Paper Moon” and spooky beds of organ on “The Candle Burned Out” contribute to the somber side of the album, and smartly crafted melodies —  both bittersweet (“Throwing Stones,” “Show Me Something New”) and bubbly (“1999,” “Fall Hard”) — color the lighter side. “Walls,” released as a single after “Fall Hard,” trades in a verse-chorus-verse formula for a steady layering of drums and guitars — with a neat flight of piano chords serving as the chorus/hook — and Olenius’ voice riding the tune’s quickening pace to an urgent coda: “Never trust anyone, so run away, run, run, run, run!” It’s a song that cleverly embeds in your head, without obvious stickiness, as does much of Work.

TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 Ratings

Blue_Jay ,

Solid!!!

Phenominal album. Definitely a slower pace than the last, but is as well thought out and composed. There isn't any style that these guys cannot play. Great listen. Hope to see a lot more to come from The Shout Out Louds.

Not Cool and Overused ,

HaHa

You would save money by buying each individual song instead of "Buy Album". 9.99 for the whole purchase or 9.90 if all of the songs are bought individualy.

Tay Rocks! ,

A Testament to Happiness

SOL rocks. Had a wretched day today and am feeling so much happier since I just saw that they released their new album.

More By Shout Out Louds

You May Also Like