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  • Summary: Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, this now New York-based instrumental outfit (which shares some members with the band !!!) has previously drawn a bit of acclaim for their vinyl-only releases. This six-track effort represents their first CD release, which showcases their dancier, dubbier, funkier brand of post-rock. Expand
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  1. Simply put, you need to own this record.
  2. With such a variety of moods and sounds, "S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D." turns out to be the rarest of albums: able to make you think but more interested in making you dance.
  3. Out Hud also back up their flash with remarkable substance, setting their music apart from anything as one-dimensional as standard club offerings or moody trance cuts.
  4. Out Hud's scaled-back sonic template doesn't always necessitate its lack of vocals, but at its best, S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D. whispers toward a worthy future rather than shouting down the past.
  5. Equally cerebral and hip-shaking, with pulsating grooves and webs of intricate adornments tangling for an otherworldly type of psychedelic dance music.
  6. 80
    What could have been an assless art-groove experiment turns out to be a synth-pop idyll. [Feb 2003, p.99]
  7. When the compositions behind the words are as dull and lifeless as the album's core ("This Bum's Paid" and "Hair Dude, You're Stepping on my Mystique") the results are utterly disastrous, relying too heavily on tried dissonance over unimpressively staid tempos.

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  1. DP
    Dec 23, 2002
    Imagine Surveillance-era Trans-Am mixed with groove they so desperately seach for in their newer albums and you have Out Hud, whose danceworthiness is informed by a myriad of post-punk/funk/no wave styles. They wear their influences on their sleeves, but when it's this good, that doesn't really matter. Expand