Original Sins

Out There

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After the intensity of 1990's Self Destruct, Out There almost seems like a letdown. Almost. Mostly, it's just a different beast altogether. If Self Destruct was haunted by the dark, lysergic spirit of the Stooges, Out There is more of a good-time party album -- a '90s version of the upbeat organ-driven garage rock that bands like the Standells and Question Mark & the Mysterians were pounding out decades before. J.T.'s guitar and vocals and Dan McKinney's keyboards are as prominent in the mix as ever, but the rhythm section comes to the fore more often on this release. Seth Baer's rapid-fire Surfaris-style drumming helps propel the lead track, "Get Off," for instance, while Ken Bussiere's snaky bassline in "Killing Time" comes off like a cross between Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Status Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men." (The "Wipe Out" here, however, is an original and not the Surfaris' 1963 instrumental.) Other songs of interest: "Sally Kirkland," also released in EP form, a tribute to the Oscar-nominated actress of Anna (1987), and "Dizzy," a low-key cover of Tommy Roe's 1969 bubblegum pop hit.

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