I really had no idea what I was getting into with That’s Outrageous’ debut album. In all honesty, it can’t even be called a full length. With 10 tracks, two of which are interludes, and a running time of 27 minutes, the listener should wonder why this wasn’t just an EP.
The album, dubbed Teenage Scream, opens with an instrumental introduction, The Poughkeepsie Tapes. This introduction serves no purpose, seeing as it doesn’t really flow into the first full track, it is just there. Headshot at a Ballet Recital, the first full track, is simply an average Rise records band song. The track does nothing to standout, it just introduces the listener. The title track, although it has a catchy chorus, displays one of the lowlights of the album. A rapped verse appears seamingly out of nowhere, which at this point seems like something much more fitting for and I Set My Friends on Fire release.
The first released tracks from the album, #Winning, is the first actual enjoyable song. Sure screamer Doriano Magliano is a very mediocre screamer, but this song really shows that ex-clean vocalist Tom DeGrazia’s vocals were the true standout part of the band. Is It 2012 Yet? features an appauling amount of autotune, which is incredibly unfortunate, seeing as the clean vocals are the only true redeaming factor in That’s Outrageous. As short as the track is, it seems to never end and is ultimately the worst part of the year, and possibly any Rise Records release from 2011, thus far.
The New York Chainsaw Massacre and Re:Why I Killed My Girlfriend almost blend together as the same song, with the exception of another unfortunate rap bit in the latter track. Closing track, What Happens in Azeroth, Stays in Azeroth, displays the true pop side to That’s Outrageous. Leaving out Magliano, and leaving all vocal duties to DeGrazia, this song proves that TO could have been a decent pop group.
With mediocre screaming, mediocre/appauling lyrics, and unoriginal music, there is very little reason to listen to this album. With the exception of now ex-vocalist Tom DeGrazia’s surprising performance, there is not much of interest to be found here. There are dozens of bands do a similar sound, but much better. You just better off listening to those bands.
Sounds like: I See Stars, I Set My Friends On Fire, Attack Attack!’s Someday Cam Suddenly V2.0
Standout Tracks: #Winning, What Happens In Azeroth, Stay In Azeroth