If Toppatakkeja ja Toledon Terästä was progressive, Homo Sapiens was rock, and Yövieraat folk, then Outo Elämä must be pop. Outo Elämä is, in band's own words, a counter-strike to the distorted-guitar wall of Yövieraat. And it certainly is -- Outo Elämä lacks of guitars, and instead Tiainen's melodic keyboards step in. Seems like a perfect change of style for YUP, but something is missing. It is hard to listen to an album that is melodically extremely rich but instrumentally lacks diversity. Of course producer Matti Nurro tried to increase that with string arrangements, but the end result remains quite flat. After all, only songs like "Suomen Suurin TV," "Tavaroiden Taikamaailma," and "Kuolematon" work well enough on every level. Martikainen's lyrics work well on every track, although the theme is a bit different than on other albums. Still, he can create unique scenarios on Finnish everyday life. These lyrics may work as a gateway to the deeper message of this album, but unfortunately, it doesn't last for long.
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AllMusic Review by Antti J. Ravelin