OUTDOOR VELOUR: Our Songs: 2 x CD

I don’t typically enjoy double albums, ‘cause why not just make two separate records? In this case, it’s two discs of nothing but covers—a really fucking weird mix of cover songs. This isn’t novelty, it’s songs that members of this band genuinely love. To me, it feels like they picked from a mystery box of leftovers before the Wherehouse Music chain closed down. There are songs from The Jesus And Mary Chain, Beach Boys, Against Me!, The Beatles, Crosby Stills Nash And Young, Masked Intruder, Mountain Goats, and The Who. (They really nail the They Might Be Giants and Atom And His Package songs.) It’s quite eclectic, to say the least. Every track holds on to a bit of Outdoor Velour’s original sound and puts a bit of their own imprint on the songs. I feel that with so many different genres, instruments, and influences they may have spread themselves too thin. They cover Green Day’s “Pulling Teeth,” yet somehow manage to take all the bite out of it. This could have been a great intro record to someone who’s just trying to find their musical tastes and are unsure of what path to go down, but these tracks need a punch up. They all have a general fuzziness and the vocals seem far away in the mix. Even though all the notes are in the right place and the timing is tight, it all feels kinda sleepy. –Kayla Greet (Self-released)