Shout Out Louds

Our Ill Wills

In 2005, Sweden’s Shout Out Louds released an album called Howl Howl Gaff Gaff that showed great potential with catchy lyrics and hip-shaking rhythms. The band’s latest release hits a level of sophistication that confirms the group’s ability to write meaningful pop songs. With uncanny vocals that resemble The Cure’s Robert Smith, the band’s ’80s influence is made evident as soon as the first track begins. The Shout Out Louds successfully manage to hold their own with simple melodies that evoke the deepest of emotions. “Tonight I Have to Leave It” is a bold statement about love—don’t bother with anything but real love. The album continues with a sense of vulnerability, but the dynamics are never lost. Songs that go over the five-minute mark work hard to leave a lasting impression and they succeed by stringing the heart along with airy synthesizers and cascading drums. “Impossible” and the title track have the feel and charm of an antique music box. The final track, “Hard Rain,” is in the same vein and closes the album with a feeling of satisfaction. Our Ill Wills is an album that deserves to be listened to from start to finish.