Outer Heaven is another one of those records that, on the surface, probably doesn't seem like it would appeal to me as much as it does. I'm not even completely sure why I decided to take a chance on it. Surely because of some reviews I read, but at the same point I do not know the defining characteristic that pushed me over the edge.
Regardless of the reason, I am glad I picked this up. While it isn't an obvious choice or a slam dunk that I think everyone would like it, there are enough interesting moments on Outer Heaven to keep me coming back. Buried in the chaotic guitar and occasional shouting are some pretty compelling pop songs. The album starts off with the melodic and somewhat somber "Cruelty," but it's not really an indication of what is to come. It almost seems there to put you off guard. For me, the album really kicks off with "No Star." It has a building verse with see saw vocals that explodes into a noisy, screaming, but somehow still quite catchy chorus.
The rest of the album follows suit, which an odd dichotomy between quite tender moments and full on freak outs. In many ways it reminds me a lot of a mish mash of And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Silver Scooter and Tenement. Greys is probably not the kind of band that you'll just hear and think that you should pick up a record by them. But after a few listens everything they are doing starts to make more and more sense. Outer Heavens has ended up as an album that I have really gotten some milage out of this year. Absolutely worth checking out if you're in the mood for something a little different.
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