Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
Untamed Beast


4.0
excellent

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2013 | 45 replies | 4,568 views


Release Date: 02/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sallie Ford is out to raise hell

Indie-Blues rock has become quite trendy within the past ten years. Bands with a bluesy sound were gaining traction in the mainstream, such as The White Stripes, Cold War Kids, and, especially in the past couple years, The Black Keys. The same time that blues was experiencing a resurgence, female soul vocalists like Amy Winehouse, Adele, Joss Stone, and Duffy were having large hits in the mainstream, leading to a heightened interest in the sounds of the oppressed. What was formerly the escape of African-Americans before and during the civil rights movement was becoming the favorites of middle class white kids in trendy coffee shops. Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside have continued on this road of soul and blues-lite, doing something that is rarely heard from this type of music: sound genuine.

Untamed Beast lives and dies by Sallie Ford’s smoky and dirty vocals and attitude. Ford carries a swagger through her lyrics that is best shown in the track, “Bad Boys”, where she is out to prove that she is a forceful woman ”You could say I’m just a girl, but I’ve had a lady or two, I bet she’d prefer me to you”. Ford knows her vocal strengths well, and as a result she makes the most out of every track. Sometimes she gives off a Billie Holiday vibe, and other times she will sound just like Karen O. The band, or “Sound Outside”, play with energy on every track, keeping the album from ever getting too bogged down. The guitarist, Jeff Munger, can write a blues line with the best of them. His ear for a catchy melody helps enhance his frontwoman’s vocals while also being able to take center stage. The songs tend to be shorter, with half of the tracks lasting no longer than three minutes. This proves to help more than hinder them as they seem to work best in shorter, energetic spurts, although their longest track “Shivers”, placed in the center of the album, is an exemplary example of a drawn out and minimal ballad.

Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside have carved out their own spot in the new wave of Blues by having a unique and powerful vocalist with gravitas, and writing playful tunes with loads of energy and attitude. The album can lull at points and get a little repetitive, but for the most part Untamed Beast is a fun and wild ride at the hands of Sallie Ford and her cohorts from Portland, OR. With more bite and wit than most of their contemporaries, Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside show a veteran’s eye for catchy tunes that belies their relatively recent origins. Untamed Beast is yet another unexpected and fantastic album from an already impressive 2013, and should not be missed.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



49740 Comments


tits

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



7956 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A fantastic album, check it out if you are fans of any of the bands mentioned in the review.



Plus, cover has boobs! That usually piques curiosities around here

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



19381 Comments


dude......that album cover

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



7956 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Opening paragraph makes me sound like an old fuck, but I avoided the h word

foxblood
February 22nd 2013



6797 Comments


that cover and my av hm

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



49740 Comments


Fell In Love With a Girl was in Silver Linings Playbook and I was like sweet

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



7956 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fox, it was meant to be

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



7956 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought the boobs would bring people in FOR SURE

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2013



9963 Comments


These boobs look weird, though, and I don't think you considered this

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GiaNXGX
February 23rd 2013



4867 Comments


nice tits

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2013



23798 Comments


haha no comments about the review or music just

"tits bros. BROS, tits!!"

anyway nice review, this kinda sounds like something I could dig

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2013



7956 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love Let Me Go had weird tits but that existed in the realm of a larger demographic

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2013



7956 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check it out AIDS, you might really enjoy it

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2013



19381 Comments


Yeah good review as always short n sweet

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2013



9963 Comments


Love Let Me Go had much more sensible tits than this

zaruyache
February 23rd 2013



5816 Comments


Tits!

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ethixx
February 23rd 2013



1170 Comments


satan whore

henryChinaski
February 23rd 2013



2679 Comments


Cool man, gonna check this out. Nice review. Loving the artwork.

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ViperAces
February 23rd 2013



12374 Comments


surfer rosa>

MadKungFu
February 23rd 2013



375 Comments


Great review, will give this a listen



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