Artist: That’s Outrageous!
Genre: Pop/Post Hardcore
Label: InVogue Records
That’s Outrageous! will be dropping their sophomore studio album Psycho October 16 via InVogue Records. Like their debut album, Teenage Scream, they are sticking with the pop elements mixed with their post hardcore sound. This time around there is significantly more electronic influence which is pretty much in every track but the 1 minute acoustic track near the end of the album.
Where to begin? Let’s start from the top. To give you an idea of how the album sounds like, if Breathe Carolina and For All Those Sleeping had an illegitimate child, this is what he would sound like. (Not that I don’t like Breathe Carolina, I do). Bottom line – lots of synth, auto-tuned vocals, screaming and heavy bass.
The title track, “Psycho”, really has the potential to be a good song and is probably one of the best on the entire album. Aside from some weak lyrics and the clean vocals (which are my least favorite thing about this album) the rest of the elements sound pretty good. I bet if they got rid of the clean vocals all together they’d sound badass.
The only other track really worth mentioning is “Obliviate”, which you can also listen to below. It’s the first single off the album, and it’s similar to “Psycho” in the sense that it doesn’t have too much electronic sound mixed in. The stronger parts of this particular song definitely overpower the weaker parts.
Overall, this album is just a little underwhelming. They mean well, but that’s really only part of what it takes to put out a solid record. If you are looking for the pop-like, dubstep kind of music to add to your library then you will probably want to give this album a whirl. If you are looking for a band that will reinforce your passion for post hardcore music then steer clear. Some of the songs sound like they are trying to be a post hardcore band, and other songs feel like they are trying to be an electronic dance band. While some of that is very popular right now, it would be good to find a happy middle.
Review written by Kriston McConnell