The Outdoor Types - All Aboard That's Coming Aboard
Wow. I am quite sure there are other bands who sound similar to England's The Outdoor Types, but forgive me if my frame of reference is not suitable to draw many comparisons. To my ear, aside from absolutely falling in love with their debut All Aboard That's Coming Aboard, I am hearing a folky Radiohead at times, at others a sly, more poppy version of folk-punk heroes Dropkick Murphys. Mostly, I am just filled with an urge to make a fool of myself and dance all about my house. At other times, I am just left in awe of the creativity and catchiness. This album has me in awe!
Right off the bat, "Vanishing Cream" lets you know what TOT is all about; catchy, folk-infused rock that keeps up a frantic pace even when it slows itself down to let a particular melodic hook snag you. Their lyrical approach is seemingly of a fantasy nature, but it sounds more like they worked to fit the words into the sound more than the other way around. Their vocal melodies are some of the best I've ever heard in terms of matching the music and in turn enhancing it, blending as one fantastical sound. To be honest, a lot of this album sounds like nostalgia to me...like tributes to classic rock songs of all sorts, done up in a specific sound. That's either the band's intention, or just a nod to their songwriting prowess. "Jangler Swifteye" is a wonderful anthemic number. "Got a Concept, Got a Job" reminds me a lot of Radiohead and is one of the reasons for the earlier mention. "Long Distance, Long Range" is just beautiful, almost like a folkier The National in a way, understatingly epic. One of my favorites. The rest of the album pleases in various ways, never disappointing but occasionally blending together without standing out from track to track. Not until the barnburning "Devils On Horseback" does another true highlight pop up, one that sounds to me like a tribute to the classic "Ghost Riders In The Sky", and I think you'll agree.
On the whole, All Aboard That's Coming Aboard is a moving, grooving good time, as much fun as I've had with a record in a long time. Very creative, catchy, everything it should be as a fast-paced folk-based album. The fellows of The Outdoor Types have certainly set themselves up for immediate success, and I'd recommend this album to anyone. And I mean anyone.
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