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Rusty Santos
Outside Versus In

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Rusty Santos' Outside Versus In is an experimental pop record, and has all the strengths and weaknesses one would associate with that tag; the unapologetic hooks are obscured under layers of analog weirdness, electronic sounds and acoustic ramblings.

Santos seems to delight in unapologetic weird noises, fractured songs and odd sounds. He takes a relatively low-key, pop friendly approach, but this is still a record he did on his own terms, with little collaboration.

Here and there weirdly familiar sounds crop up; the beginning of "The Quiet Rock Out" sounds exactly like some nameless Modest Mouse song; "Bibimpop" seems to eerily mimic the first few notes of the "Green Acres" theme (the listener keeps expecting a "bum-bum" kick drum hit that never comes). But everything else comes out of the blue, and the lyrics are equally odd. What that adds up to is moments of pop inspiration among a lot of confusing material. Those moments will make it very worthwhile for those who can tolerate Santos randomly singing "There's no veggie barbecue!" And the second half, in which Santos moves away from odd vocals and toward instrumental wanderings, is intriguing. It's an interesting trip, but not one that everyone is going to want to embark on.

Reviewed by Erick Bieritz
Erick Bieritz lives in Chicago, where is usually either very hot or very cold. He was the brainchild behind EPMD, where he wrote about EPs and singles for LAS, looking for overlooked or underappreciated non-album releases.

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