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Outside Looking In

Outside Looking In

August 16, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Label: Rhino/Slash
  • Copyright: 1987 Slash Records.
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  • Total Length: 48:48
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  • ASIN: B005FFVI06
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,593 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Having listened to the whole CD now, all I can say is "wow"!
Frank Garon
The mix of production and songwriting work perfectly together to invoke a strong emotional response from the listener.
Michael Lima
If you have never heard of the BoDeans, then this album is a good purchase to hear some of their best songs.
D. Keating

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lima VINE VOICE on July 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The BoDeans have frequently touted themselves as a Midwestern American band. The image that comes to mind when hearing that title is a band that captures the wide-open prairie feel of the Midwest in their music. None of the BoDeans' albums have done a better job of capturing this image than Outside Looking In, which is easily the high-water mark of the BoDeans' recording career.
Much of the credit for this album's success has to go to the producer, Jerry Harrison (a member of the Talking Heads). His judicious use of echo, powerful drumming, and acoustic guitar give the album the sense of "wide open spaces" that is implied in the BoDeans' roots. The band members augment this production with some of their best songwriting ever. "Only Love", "Dreams", "What It Feels Like", and "I'm In Trouble Again" are wonderfully poignant songs about heartache and hope. The mix of production and songwriting work perfectly together to invoke a strong emotional response from the listener.
It's entirely fitting that the album opens with a song whose chorus is "Ain't this what dreams are made of." Bands don't usually make such a bold statement about their recordings. Fortunately, it is backed up by the Bodeans' performance. Consequently, not only is Outside Looking In the realization of the dream of a great American Rock and Roll album, it is also the realization of the dreams that BoDeans fans had for the band's potential.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By WNC John on November 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion, words just don't do this album justice, it is that good. The stories in the lyrics, the incredible hooks, the passion in the vocals, the consistancy of quality in each song, all make this not only the best BoDeans album, but also one of the best all time rock albums, period. I could critique each song, but my acolades would make this review ridiculously long. Part of the power of this album is that each song is excelent in its own right, there isn't a weak song in the bunch, and each time I listen to the entire album I come away thinking that a different song is the best one on the album. If you like the BoDeans, this one is a must. If you know of the BoDeans, but aren't a big fan, this one is a must. If you have never heard of the BoDeans, this one is a must.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Goodwin on February 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
i first had this as a bodeans cassette when i was in college...i have had the cd for a long time and still listen to it..is just as great today as it was almost 20 years ago...i think it is their best, and i have listened to HOME and LOVE, HOPE, SEX, and DREAMS, and JOE DIRT CAR...this cd is special to me because it reminds me of a boy friend who died of a brain tumor four years ago..he liked this cd too..a must listen!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd7 on February 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to the Bo Deans in 1988, while participating in a pool tournament. Their music was often in the background as I played (and lost). In fact, the last track, "I'm in Trouble Again" seemed to be playing every time I was on a losing streak--which was fitting for the mood I was in from losing. Ironically, their music was playing the moment I WON my first tournament a year later. "Rickshaw Riding" (from their first album, Love and Hope & Sex and Dreams)was playing then. My point is that certain bands and types of music have a way of leaving their mark, and memories. The Bo Deans' music is bluesy, folksy, countryish, rocking, popping, and somewhat alternative in its sound. There's so much to like about their sophomore album, Outside Looking In. It's an album that dares to be different in a period of conformity. I commend these guys for putting out something that is honest, down-to-earth music with acoustic guitar. While a lot of the music is uplifting and upbeat, there's still a great portion that's mellower and even somber. Their music seems to highlight struggles and loneliness in life. Every track is good, and there's quite a mixture that should appeal to everyone who is looking for something different. Standout tracks include Dreams, Pick up the Pieces, Take it Tomorrow, Runaway Love, The Ballad of Jenny Rae, Fool, and I'm in Trouble Again. I highly recommend getting this CD. 9/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank Garon on July 28, 2005
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I knew a few of the songs on here from the radio, but didn't

know they were all from the BoDeans. Having listened to the

whole CD now, all I can say is "wow"!

Wish I found this sooner - this is absolutely fantastic music

for driving down the open road with the wind in your hair.

Really stands the test of time, and thanks to this one I'll be

picking up the entire rest of their catalog!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lakeside on June 29, 2014
Format: Audio CD
What can I say? If you can't get behind classic tracks, including "Only Love," "Forever Young," and "I'm in Trouble Again," you're not a Bodeans fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By By CJs Pirate on May 2, 2014
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BoDeans Outside Looking In gives the listener a real taste of the band. This, being their second studio album, had to compete with their breakthrough '86 album Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams. It succeeds!

Sammy Llanas and Kirk Neumann sing their respective hearts out on this album. As a sophomoric entry to the music world, they managed to take it to #86 on the Billboard 200. Granted, critics --and even Rolling Stone who had touted them a year earlier as "Best New Group"-- didn't particularly find this album to be as good as many individual music listeners did.

A couple of my favorite cuts include: Say About Love, Runaway Love and Someday. I like the BoDeans and I LOVE this album.
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