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Editorial Reviews

Work is the third full-length from Sweden's Shout Out Louds. Produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins), Work strips away all of the bells and whistles of previous efforts to showcase the band doing what they do best, writing and playing pop music that is "nostalgic and angst-ridden, but ultimately life-affirming. Shout Out Louds have found a winning formula." (Amazon.com)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 1999
  2. Fall Hard
  3. Play the Game
  4. Walls
  5. The Candle Burned Out
  6. Throwing Stones
  7. Four By Four
  8. Paper Moon
  9. Show Me Something New
  10. Too Late Too Slow


Product Details

  • Vinyl (February 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B0031Y4AIK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By PT Dilloway VINE VOICE on February 25, 2010
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This probably won't win Sweden's Shout Out Louds a bunch of new fans or be their breakthrough into mainstream radio--if there is such a thing anymore for non-American Idol affiliated acts--but for those who enjoyed the band's first two albums they should enjoy this third one as well. The sound isn't radically different and that's a good thing in this case. There's nothing more annoying than when an established act things they need to tinker needlessly with their sound or "experiment" in some other genre. It has the same easy flow as "Howl Howl Gaff Gaff" and "Our Ill Wills" that make it a pleasure to listen to the whole album.

If you haven't really heard this band but you're a fan of other acts like Belle & Sebastian, Kings of Convenience, Camera Obscura, or even the Cure then you should check this out. They are easily my favorite Swedish group since Roxette in the early '90s.

That is all.
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I dig this and I like the direction of the sound post-Ill Wills. Re: Rudolph's review, I agree this is a more focused sound, in a good way, and I definitely can hear the Shins' producer's influence, as Work reminds me a bit of Wincing the Night Away. Which I loved. But I would not call Ill Wills more 'slow burn' than Work--to me Ill Wills was more upbeat than this one. Anyway, rock on Shout Out Louds! Work definitely deserves more than ol' wordy-bird's 3 stars. Sweet album cover, too! Hilarious throwback.
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I can't get enough of this album.

I have the other two SOL albums, and enjoy them (I'd give them 4s out of 5s). This one is a tad different though - a little less accent, certainly a little more mature sound. I don't know. Whatever it is, I'm a big fan. Certainly my album of the year.

Too Late Too Slow is probably the only song I regularly skip, but I thoroughly enjoy all the rest. It's non-offensive, but catchy nonetheless. I know I sound like a fan boy, but there isn't much music out there where I am as much of a fan. These guys really surprised me.
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I've been a fan of Shout Out Louds ever since as a budding indie rock/pop fan I accidentally discovered "Howl Howl Gaff Gaff" by accident. That to me is still the best thing they ever did, but I think "Work" might actually be my favorite Shout Out Louds album so far. After being dissapointed by "Our Ill Wills", I'm glad to see some more upbeat songs in the vein of "100 Degrees" and "Please Please Please". First of all I don't know if it was the magical touch of Phil Elk's incredible as producer or what but the melodies are some of the best the band has ever written. There's not one skippable track on the whole thing. Adam Olenius's vocals are better than ever and his lyrics have improved as well. Overall the band is playing better than ever and just the confidence with which they play these new songs is great. Every song is just awesome catchy indie-style pop, what more can you ask for? Excellent album I highly recommend to all my fellow indie music fans.
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