Bauman is a strong writer of political songs, so what this album lacks in polish it makes up for in incisive lyrics and attitude. Bauman spent years in the army and time in Somalia and Hati, so the international flavor of the songs is neither forced nor false. A lot of people with big budgets would be happy to have material this strong. Out Here in the Perimeter is not an album suited to being played in the background. It stands up as a strong first work by a writer willing to try his hand in different styles with big arrangements or simple acousticity.