Shout Out Louds – Work

January 01, 1970

(Merge)

 

www.mergerecords.com

 

After two fine
records,  2003’s debut Howl Howl Gaff Gaff and 2007’s Our Ill Wills this Swedish bunch decided
to take a bit of a break and see the world. Leader Adam Olenius took some time
to live in Melbourne, Australia for a time. When the band
reconvened they felt fresh and ready to record. And where else might that
happen but in Seattle
with producer Phil Ek (Shins, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Mudhoney, etc.). Work is a nice middle ground between the
debut record’s sprightly tones and the sophomore effort’s more restrained
songs.

 

The simple yet
effective opener, “1999” is a strong opening statement, perfectly setting the
tone for the rest of the record while “Fall Hard” begins with supreme melody
and Olenius’ soaring vocals with the sublime chorus, “If you fall hard, I fall
harder.” Later the low-key “The Candle Burned Out” starts with a lower register
rhythm section and never quite breaks out of the gate even thought you think it
will on a few occasions and the record’s best track “Throwing Stones” sits
squarely in the middle of it all. A few of the tunes on Work are a bit too breezeless (“Play the Games”, “Paper Moon”) but
on most of this they have put their (near) best foot forward. Still, having
said that, I think this band has a classic in them and none of the three
records, while all very good, have hit that mark yet. I’ll bet record number
four will take over small countries.

 

Standout Tracks: “1999”, “Fall Hard”, “Throwing Stones”,
“Show Me Something New” TIM HINELY

 

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