The Outsider

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Aug 16, 2005
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    100
    An unexpected ball. [19 Aug 2005, p.144]
  2. Billboard
    90
    The third in a trilogy of introspective masterworks sees no decline in genius but an uptick in rockability. [20 Aug 2005]
  3. Rocks harder than any Crowell record in the past.
  4. Uncut
    80
    The Outsider is delivered with the forthrightness, jive and firepower of a hip Southern Baptist preacher. [Aug 2005, p.102]
  5. The Outsider may be a cut below its predecessor, the artistic, critical, and commercial breakthrough that was Fate's Right Hand--perhaps the element of surprise is gone, perhaps the songs aren't quite as sharp, perhaps it's just not possible to catch lightning in a bottle twice in a row--but that was a tough act to follow, and this one's none too shabby.
  6. Rolling Stone
    70
    The least fussy and most direct of the three albums [Crowell] has released since returning from creative limbo five years ago. [22 Sep 2005, p.108]
  7. Mojo
    70
    Crowell employs his gift for setting complex ideas to twangy hooks. [Oct 2005, p.101]
  8. I like this, but I have a hard time recommending it to others, unless they are more interested in righteous political discourse than in actual songcraft, and unless they are huge fans of unsubtle screeds.
  9. Paste Magazine
    40
    The Outsider consistently grabs at transcendence only to watch it recede. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.110]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. LL
    Jan 24, 2007
    10
    Damn nice........ socially.......... morally........ indivisdualy
  2. asdfaasdf
    Nov 18, 2005
    10
    good
  3. ValA
    Oct 6, 2005
    10
    Rocks hard, says what he's thinking. I love it.