Our Ill Wills - Shout Out Louds
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  • Summary: The Swedish band releases its second album, produced by fellow Swede Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
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  1. Say what you will about influences on sleeves, this is pop music at its best: nostalgic and angst-ridden, but ultimately life-affirming. Shout Out Louds have found a winning formula.
  2. Shout Out Louds are back, in style.
  3. Our Ill Wills surpasses the band’s 2005 debut "Howl Howl Gaff Gaff" because it takes modest chances and expands on the band’s strengths, doing so cordially all the while.
  4. Unlike on "Howl Howl Gaff Gaff," the good songs don’t stop with these two front-runners. Throughout the album, the band manages to shift between shades of regret and celebratory carelessness with a growing expertise.
  5. Between them, Stenborg and Yttling ensure that Our Ill Wills doesn’t sink under the weight of Olenius’ unremitting melancholy or monochromatic tonalities.
  6. 60
    Borrowing liberally and transparently from Bright Eyes, the Cure and mid-1960s chamber pop, the band sublimates familiar expressions of indie gloom with string flourishes and twink­ling piano lines, giving Olenius both a shoulder to cry on and, in soaring songs like 'Tonight I Have to Leave It,' a source of joy.
  7. I don’t like it. I don’t hate it. And that’s the truth exactly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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