Tapes N Tapes
Outside


2.0
poor

Review

by Nevin USER (56 Reviews)
January 13th, 2011 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another stagnant indie-pop record to leave out of your collection.

Outside, Tapes 'n Tapes' third studio album, is kind of like that really annoying friend that you only keep around because every now and then they do something interesting that will make for a good story later on. For every fun and catchy moment on the record, there's another typical and outright boring match for it waiting on the next track to make you forget what made you enjoy the last - and it's only in those rare enjoyable moments that Tapes 'n Tapes show their real potential. Hiding behind the bells and whistles that saturate most of the record in a vain attempt to make it slightly more interesting, there is a band that really wants to make music for an audience, but something is holding them back.

The group's forty-five minute LP starts with "Badaboom" a quick, enjoyable track not too uncommon on many indie-pop records present in today's congested scene, but soon afterward it begins to decline into an uninspired, dragging record that only slightly keeps its mouth above the water to sustain a little life. For the first five tracks, Tapes 'n Tapes do a fine job of sustaining the energy that many indie-pop bands thrive upon, producing some very fun and memorable songs such as the toe-tapping "SWM" or the delightfully boisterous "One in the World" which introduces horns and subtle chimes to the mostly stagnant musicianship. However, once "Outro" ends and "Freak Out" begins with its deceivingly upbeat guitar licks, the real feel of the record begins to show its face. The lyricism which was nothing to write home about to begin with, paired with Josh Grier's dull tone over the desperately energetic music makes for a falsified sense of liveliness and soon the album lies itself down in its own grave holding a bouquet of clich├ęs. It abuses the inspiration of bands such as Phoenix or maybe even a pinch of The Killers in order to lazily stride past any worthwhile lyricism or memorable moments past the first few tracks.

To the group's credit, they decently begin and even end the record in a memorable fashion, but what lies in between is forgettable at best and makes no real effort to display any of the band's talents - and they certainly have them. If the record were more devoted to the energy and stylish charisma of the beginning and ending tracks, then it could easily be one of the most enjoyable records to start the year off - unfortunately, that road wasn't taken. It's adequate for the singles that could come from it, but for what's leftover, it's nothing short of an uninspired, boring clutter of a record. There are the catchy drum patterns and the slick guitar riffs, as well as the damn good bass lines in several tracks, but the droning feel of the last half of the record simply can't compensate for what lacks in both lyricism and creative effort. Perhaps it would be best to not cross our fingers for a fresh approach to indie-pop in 2011.



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kanecooper
January 13th 2011


630 Comments


heard this wasn't that great but haven't actually listened yet

i remember when these guys were gonna be the next big thing and then look what happened (or didn't happen haha geddit?)

PuddlesPuddles
January 13th 2011


4787 Comments


i remember when these guys were gonna be the next big thing and then look what happened


Seems to be the hallmark of the band. Not gonna check this out

Slum
January 13th 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yep yep not really worth looking into, a few catchy tracks but not much to be heard here

AggravatedYeti
January 14th 2011


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is alright.
certainly better than their last album.
but half of it kind of sucks : (

nice review btw.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2011


7404 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, pos'd. I pretty much agree, most of this was pretty boring and so-so.

Slum
January 14th 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks guys, I agree Yeti half of it is just boring as all hell, but there are some good songs on here.

AggravatedYeti
January 14th 2011


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Perhaps it would be best to not cross our fingers for a fresh approach to indie-pop in 2011.


TnT have always been a super derivative band. I wouldn't rest your indie-pop hopes on them in any year ; )

Romulus
January 14th 2011


8447 Comments


yeah i gave this a listen and wasn't too impressed

Slum
January 14th 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@Yeti
Have never really heard of them before this so that was kind of a broad generalization lol, guess I've just heard too much shitty indie-pop recently

AggravatedYeti
January 14th 2011


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

happens to the best of us.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 14th 2011


10198 Comments


this sounds like something NME will love

Slum
January 14th 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think it's getting decent praise which I don't get at all a;smdfl;ak

SloppyMilkshake
January 14th 2011


981 Comments


Sounds uniformly boring.

Gyromania
January 14th 2011


15973 Comments


nitpick:

Outside, Tapes 'n Tapes third studio album

*Tapes 'n Tapes'

good review though.

Slum
January 14th 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks dude, idk how I didn't notice that

cvlts
January 14th 2011


8977 Comments


good job, nevin

Deathcar
January 14th 2011


1534 Comments


Good review, guess I'll pass on this as my next indie-pop fix.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 14th 2011


10198 Comments


Band should move to Spain and call themselves Tapas 'N Tapas

dr2den
January 14th 2011


1342 Comments


tepes

Slum
January 14th 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks guys

also omg dryden comment



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