The Outline - You Smash It We'll Build Around It
Alex Skinner 20/09/2008
Ah, I was a young man once. I was a flapper, a gad-a-bout, a little Johnny Rooster. Much like the American four-piece 'The Outline' who scamper in like a rat up a drainpipe.
Having toured with the likes of My Chemical Romance and Panic At the Disco, the lads add to the pop punk-rock pile up (with an electronic tinge). A little shallow on the lyrical side, The Outline lads are predominantly angst riddled and happy to tinker with topics of cheating, women, and general angst. Ah to be a young rooster again.
Tickling you gently 'Aesthetics' lures you in. A slow pace then builds to release 'Life Or Life-Like' to tweak the tempo nipples of electro rock, before brash sounds kick in track three. A subtle change of pace is found in 'Why Were Better Now' having much appeal for a standout track.
Emotionally charged angst moved lyrics “punch you in the face” with 'My masked Lust' before a calming track follows suit. 'Sloppy Drunk' is more aggressive powered rock-pop, that actually works out alright.
If you can, please, please skip the last track 'Broadway and Hurst', I am embarrassingly befuddled how it got there in the first place!?
With hopes and dreams of bigger things it seems 'The Outline' boys will have many a fan, but lack a killer bite. Saying that, it lulls you into listening over again.