Pin It
Favorite

'Outside,' Tapes ‘N Tapes 

click to enlarge art16174.jpg

The working man’s rock music has always been defined by artists like Bruce Springsteen who sing about the 9-to-5ers. But there’s something to be said for Tapes ‘n Tapes, a band workman-like in the way it consistently churns out solid tunes. If there’s such a thing as a bad Tapes ‘n Tapes song, it’s yet to be released.

However, Outside suffers a bit from being all steak and no sizzle.

This album, the third from the Minneapolis band, lacks a gang-buster song for Tapes ‘n Tapes to hang its hat on. The closest thing is “Freak Out,” which works thanks to some bouncy guitar work and Josh Grier’s Isaac Brock-like vocals, suggesting the sly bravado of someone who has his girl wrapped tightly around his finger.

Most of Oustide’s dozen tracks, while satisfactory, are forgettable. An exception is “People You Know,” where the rhythm section and melodic guitar solo sound like a Buddy Holly sock hop tune that’s gotten an indie rock makeover.

Tapes ‘n Tapes may just be treading familiar ground on Outside, but it’s a path many have taken for a reason.

DOWNLOAD: “Freak Out”

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in Music

  • Do the Math
  • Do the Math

    Minus the Bear has accomplished the tough task of making progressive rock accessible
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • More than Labels
  • More than Labels

    Zakk Wylde's second solo record shows off his softer side, but it's just one part of his persona
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Rage On
  • Rage On

    The newly combined music festival Rage-Apalooza is the Viking's biggest event yet
    • Aug 18, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo, Melissa Etheridge

Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo, Melissa Etheridge @ Northern Quest Casino

Sat., Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Seth Sommerfeld

  • Wedded Miss
  • Wedded Miss

    Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates needs to go away
    • Jul 7, 2016
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Still Celebrating

    Boy George and Culture Club paved the way for genre- and gender-bending rock stars
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Sleater-Kinney 101
  • Sleater-Kinney 101

    Your guide to the most anticipated music reunion of the year
    • Feb 5, 2015
  • Behind the Music
  • Behind the Music

    The Grammy Awards are about much more than what you see on TV
    • Feb 11, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation