Outside

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Jun 24, 2011
    80
    Outside is a celebration of his recovery--a great album on its own terms, and truly remarkable given how close it presumably came to never being made.
  2. Apr 22, 2011
    79
    Sure, the band is rooted in American folk, but they're also adventurous listeners and composers, and Outside is unclassifiable in the same way records by northern contemporaries Beirut and Man Man are unclassifiable-- folk music, it turns out, is a broad and fluid thing.
  3. Jul 1, 2011
    70
    . This isn't an album you listen to in a conscious sense: it's an album you put on and switch off, allowing it to carry you on a journey through the wilderness. It's O'Death's most accomplished work to date, and a fine piece of work at that.
  4. May 6, 2011
    70
    By mixing in a few lighter moments amongst all the dark the band do give the impression that they are on the way to becoming something quite special, but they still need to consider letting in a little more colour and variety into their songs before they can achieve this potential.
  5. Apr 26, 2011
    70
    The one knock on Outside is that the incessant death and destruction can take a toll on the listener, especially when the songs lack the wild energy that made Broken Hymns so memorable.
  6. Apr 22, 2011
    70
    After a year-long medical hiatus, the band returns with Outside, an album that shows the group putting much more effort into melody and song construction but holding onto the same energy and dark mood as before.
  7. Apr 22, 2011
    60
    There is nothing in the fiery spirit of "Low End," but there are some dynamic moments where songs like "Pushing Out" or "Looking Out" crescendo almost to a majestic rock-out. However, most of the album is more in a mellow Americana/alt-rock style that favors bluegrass instruments, and lush orchestration.
  8. Apr 22, 2011
    49
    They're so determined to conjure a gothic America and its black-and-white morality that they fail to acknowledge the grace and sophistication of their source material.
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