While the Turtles were largely undistinguished as song writers, they were first rate when it came to choosing good material from others. Co-written by their White Whale label mate Warren Zevon, Outside Chance is a defiant statement of personal irony, melding the sound of the folk-rock era onto a deceptively bittersweet pop tune. Solidly backed by John Barbata’s percussion beats, Howard Kaylan’s lead vocals capture just the right contrast of optimism and false-bravery. The lyrics, in which the vocalist brashly rejects a former lover’s attempt to reconcile, are an early example of Zevon’s ability to create incisive sharp-edges surrounding a song that doesn’t sound like it should have them. Like a wounded lover hedging bets on a second chance, Kaylan’s vocals make you believe that he’s secretly hoping to be wrong, that the outside chance of getting back together comes through.