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OUR ILL WILLS (180-GRAM VINYL)

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US LP pressing. The Swedish band's sophomore effort and Merge debut is the follow-up to 2005's critically acclaimed "Howl Howl Gaff Gaff" on Capitol. "Our Ill Wills" is a collaborative effort between the group and producer Bjorn Yttling (of Peter, Bjorn and John). This band is all about the rush, the emotion, and the infectious melodies that along with youth, good hair, and the endless pursuit of love, make up the foundation of all great pop music. Warner.

1. Tonight I Have to Leave It
2. Your Parents' Living Room
3. You Are Dreaming
4. Suit Yourself
5. Blue Headlights
6. Impossible
7. Normandie
8. South America
9. Ill Wills
10. Time Left for Love
11. Meat Is Murder
12. Hard Rain

Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 11, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B000UE64R4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Walkos on May 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Shout Out Louds are back with the follow up to thier critically acclaimed release Howl Howl Gaff Gaff. Our Ill Wills is a bit of a departure. That however does not mean that is a bad thing. This album starts off with the gorgeous song "Tonight I have to leave it" sung by the just as beautiful Swede Bebban. It's a nice start to the album and sets the mood for the rest of the album. Our Ill Wills manages to maintain the Shout Out Loud sound while not retreading old material. The poppiness is there but much less and it veers toward a more textured mature sound. Lets call it texture pop. More experimentation has resulted in a step forward for a band previously thought of a shoegaze pop. The lyrics are moving at times but sometimes lack imagination. That is part of the charm of these songs though. Shimmery songs and heartfelt lyrics that maintain there pop appeal while maturing along the way. Our Ill Wills most likely will not get the praise as Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, but it certainly deserves it. They could just as easily made a follow up of catchy pop tunes that can't lose and in some ways they have but you have to respect a band that isn't afraid to move forward as artists and travel new roads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew D. Zarnstorff on April 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
You can hear the influence of The Cure in the vocals (and some of the music for that matter) but that's not necessarily a bad thing for me. I agree that this isn't very original but it's a good sound, nonetheless. If you like Rogue Wave and/ or Vampire Weekend you'll like these guys. I'll give this Swedish group credit for a nice album.

Matt Zarnstorff
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I found the first single to this band posted to an MP3 blog, and after seeing them compared to "Head on the Door" era Cure, I couldn't resist giving them a whirl. When I did, I was completely floored. Yes, it reminded me instantly of the Head on the Door and In Between Days. But I absolutely *love* those songs, and as I continued listening, I heard so much more to love than that. The guitar had clearly been influenced by Johnny Marr from his classic Smiths period. The voice was wonderful--definitely Robert Smith-y, but despite all these rather obvious influences, the whole was delivered as a perfect pop confection, somehow making all the influences work as something original and purely delightful. The songwriting is strong; they have almost immediately established a pipeline straight to the heart of 80's era college angst while covering it in Neo-Romantic hipness.

If any of this influence business sounds at all intriguing to you, let me make it easy for you. Just order this album. You won't be sorry. It is fabulous, fun, breezy, poppy and just plain enjoyable. Definitely a keeper, and I look forward to more from these folks.
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By Serena P. Weeks on January 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'm not one for comparisions. I like what I like. If I find two or more acts that have similar sounds, I'm glad. That's a good thing. It just means there's more to love.
And I happen to love Shout Out Louds. I bought Howl Howl Gaff Gaff and fell in love with their glorious pop along with the wondefully quirky addition of the xylophone. Their new record is a bit more grown up, like kid who's gone out seen some things. But it still feels young and fresh. This is the music of my teenage years, whistful, romantic, hopeless one minute and hopeful the next.
One of my particular favorites is 'Meat is Murder.' It really sounds like it's just Adam and his guitar. There's a nakedness,a trepidation about how he tells you some of the things he's been going through and the way that he's continually making sure he isn't saying too much. It feels very real.
So, this is an album I would encourage you to buy. It is a wonderful addition to any collection.
I haven't said too much have I?
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Okay, I'm going to admit something rather embarrassing. A friend of mine burned me a birthday CD and 'Tonight I Have to Leave It' was on it. I adored the song, but I thought it was the Cure! Ha! I loved the song so much I went online and searched for "The Cure Leave It" and it didn't come up. I tried a few other combinations and got nothing, so finally I just Googled partial lyrics to the song. Lo and Behold, I see it's not the Cure. I immediately got on Amazon.com and found this album and purchased it. I'm telling you the entire album is as good as that song. I love it when that happens. So often I feel like an album is built around a good song or two, but this entire album is brilliant. The musicality, the writing, the production. I can't believe it took me so many years to find the Shout Out Louds, but they will be close to my heart forever. If you love New Wave music, you'll love this band. Just buy it.
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By G Man on December 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you don't like the fact that most pop music is recycled, you will not like this album (see various 1 and 2-star reviews here). If you like musicians who can take music that you/they love, tweak it a little and make it sound fresh, you will like this album. I love the Cure and when I first heard the opening cut on this album (Tonight I Have to Leave It), a big grin spread across my face. Sure it sounds like In Between Days, but so what? They have taken a 22-year-old song, changed the words and a few notes, and presto! A great "new" song. Anyway, there is plenty of nice stuff here that doesn't sound Curish. In fact as 2007 winds down, I can't think of any album that came out this year that I like better. You can lump this band with The Killers, Interpol, etc., who have all taken great music from bands like New Order, Depeche Mode, and, yes, The Cure, revamped it and made some great new music.
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