That's Outrageous!
Teenage Scream


3.0
good

Review

by JumpTheShark USER (4 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2011 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you're looking for a fun listen, look no further. If you're looking for a groundbreaking album, look elsewhere.

I stumbled upon this album on accident, and having never heard of the band I decided I would give this a listen. Immediately my ears were flooded with cheesy synth dance beats, and my hopes for this being a good album were shattered. But then, the second track ("Headshot At The Ballet Recital") kicked in with crushing guitars and surprisingly good vocals. My hopes were again lifted, and I decided I would continue to listen further on into the album, and I do not regret doing so.

Odds are if you don't enjoy any of the synth-whateverthe***youwanttocallit-core then you probably won't enjoy this listen. If you are a fan of the genre, then you will probably love this record. But the difference between That's Outrageous! and other generic bands is that That's Outrageous put forth effort into their music. Whether it be the haunting string section in "Headshot At The Ballet Recital" or the oddity that is "Teenage Scream", they have a flare to their songwriting, and they put forth a genuine effort into making their music unique. This doesn't always succed, but throughout this album you will always be finding something that surprises you or catches your attention.

Very easily the least enjoyable part of this album is the ending of "Teenage Scream". What starts off as a decent enough, albeit generic, song ends in an odd sort of rap. Although it adds a twist to the song, it doesn't fit in and it isn't really anything that you would like to listen to. The best two songs on the album are easily "The New York Chainsaw Massacre" and "RE: Why I Killed My Girlfriend". "The New York Chainsaw Massacre" features a very interesting vocal trade off between That's Outrageous!' screamer and Austin Carlile. While many may not like Austin Carlile's shrill screams, they fit very nicely on this track and add a nice touch to a pretty heavy song. "RE: Why I Killed My Girlfriend" continues the already established sound but really shows what this band could do, and could do very well.

Vocally this album is pretty standard for the genre. The clean vocals are sometimes heavily autotuned and the screams usually stick in the mid-range but are usually very good. Where this album really fails is lyrically. With gems such as:

Listen bitch I just want you to know,
that everybody came here for a show
And I know your not stupid and can follow directions
So shut the *** up and stop being pretentious

But realistically, what could anybody else expect from a band that ticks all the right boxes" Synth" Check. Autotuned vocals" Check. Bad lyrics" Check. But what the band offers that is unique is worth looking past all the other generic qualities the band posesses. And although it may sound like I don't enjoy or wouldn't recommend this album, it is quite the opposite. This is a fun listen, and not one intended to be taken seriously. It's worth a listen, and it is a new twist on a genre that is over-saturated with bands following all the latest trends. This album is at leat worth a couple guilty pleasure listens though.


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IAmKickass (2)
Nothing more than a mere raindrop in a thunderstorm, just trying to make a splash....


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OneMoreRoland
August 3rd 2011


1053 Comments


I hate this band name so much. Worse than Chunk no captain chunk

JumpTheShark
August 3rd 2011


200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh no, i hate Chunk no captain chunk sooo much more

Parallels
August 3rd 2011


8858 Comments


"groundbreakingly original"

change this

JumpTheShark
August 3rd 2011


200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Changed it, thanks.

IAmKickass
August 3rd 2011


840 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Straight guilty pleasure here, just skip all the half-ass techno songs and have some fun.

JumpTheShark
August 3rd 2011


200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That's how i feel about it. it's sitting at a 2.5-3 but i decided to be nice and give it the 3

JumpTheShark
August 4th 2011


200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album really isn't that bad, #Winning is pretty good. At least they don't just follow other trends set by bands. The band name fits their music pretty well, it is pretty outrageous.... Teenage Scream being the perfect example.

mechatanner
August 24th 2011


269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's not as bad as say.. AbandonAllShips.. but its not good.

I actually like the band just because they don't really try to pretend they are "deep" or xXharcoreXx or anything.. they just do the shit they do.

CrimsonLies
August 29th 2011


2579 Comments


Summary did it's job well.

TriForce00
January 8th 2012


13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The album was alright. Some of the songs kinda sucked but then some didn't. My favorites are "Teenage Scream", "#Winnig", & "Re:Why I Killed My Girlfriend".

lucasjcockcroft
July 31st 2012


3721 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

http://youtu.be/JMLOsrQiLyw



actually didnt hate it

Cygnatti
October 18th 2012


32551 Comments


awful band

BrushedRed
June 10th 2013


2753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They're really not that bad.

AtomicShane
June 10th 2013


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this gargles horse chode

Digging: Erra - Neon

Brabiz
July 13th 2014


911 Comments


Teenage Smegma is the greatest thrash album since St. Anger. m/



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