Shout Out Louds- Our Ill Wills

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Disappointment is the first word that comes to mind when describing Our Ill Wills, the latest album from Swedish popsters Shout Out Louds. The album had been eagerly anticipated after their debut record Howl Howl Gaff Gaff was a such a success. The two years between albums however has seen the band work towards a different sound, employing Peter, Bjorn and John's Bjorn Yttling to take the production controls. The result is less scratchy guitar, more melodic harmony, producing a gentle underwhelming sound that gets lost far to easily.
The high point of Our Ill Wills is the first single 'Tonight I Have To Leave it', being the most likely song to fit on their debut it's a clear reminder of why many of us first fell in love with the band. There's few highlights after that, the remaining tracks proving very anticlimactic. Adam Olenius vocals provide some relief mainly due to his Swedish accent. 'Impossible' is the best of the rest, and at just under seven minutes shows the band's maturity and complexity. Our Ill Wills is still enjoyable but more suited to the afternoon than a late night dance party.

Shout Out Louds- Tonight I Have To Leave It: MP3

Shout Out Louds- Impossible: MP3

Shout Out Louds- Myspace


At 2:14 PM, January 30, 2008, Blogger Ajay said...

doesn't anyone else see Impossible's blatant steal of Love is All's Felt Tip?


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