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Following their 2010 album Work, Adam, Bebban, Ted, Carl, and Eric headed out on their most successful tour ever and then returned home to their own pursuits. Families were expanded, side projects were launched, and homes outside of Stockholm were explored. When the time came to work on another Shout Out Louds record they wanted to return to the playful spirit ... Read more in Amazon's Shout Out Louds Store

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B000UE64QU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.

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In a sense, after a slew of EPs, singles, and 2005's Howl Howl Gaff Gaff (the U.S. version of which was reorganized and augmented with various tracks from said EPs and singles), this is Shout Out Louds' first proper full-length, and the incessant touring seems to have aged their sound like a fine wine. While Howl Howl Gaff Gaff reaped much of its flavor from twee indie pop and sheer ebullience, Our Ill Wills dives headlong into the new wave influences that previously lay beneath the surface. The inspiration is immediately apparent--Brit classics like The Cure, The Modern Lovers, The Smiths (one song--not a cover--is even titled "Meat is Murder"), et al. OK, the accent's different, but the upbeat-but-melancholy hop is undeniable. The pop perfection here is due in no small part to the man behind the boards, Björn Yttling (he of the sandwich-acronymed Peter, Björn and John). Simple string arrangements and washes of texture are draped over each song. Percussion by Yttling's bandmate, John Eriksson, perfectly augments most songs (further solidifying those Head on the Door era Cure comparisons). Witness the woodpecker woodblocks on "Impossible," or the the samba-esque a gogo bells of the first single, "Tonight I Have to Leave It," cleverly decorating its dour sing-song. "You Are Dreaming" is a slinky, tom-driven, lost-love rocker. Later in the album, playful but gut-wrenching naïve pop songs recall Moe Tucker's vocal on the Velvet Underground's "I'm Sticking with You," like "Blue Headlights," with keyboardist Bebban's cracking question, "We are good people, aren't we?," and "Meat is Murder," a simple tearjerker with acoustic guitar, bells, and Adam Olenius' wistful tale. "Hard Rain" closes the album, its Cars keyboard lead no indicator of the upcoming noise jam to complete the album. Say what you will about influences on sleeves, this is pop music at its best: nostalgic and angst-ridden, but ultimately life-affirming. Shout Out Louds have found a winning formula. --Jason Pace

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I like it more and more every time I listen to it.
J. Hardy Jr.
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.
Matthew D. Zarnstorff
There's a nice variety of quality songs and there's very little filler.
Monkeybongo

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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
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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
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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
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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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