Monday, September 14, 2009

Review -- THE GREAT OUTDOORS -- Fall

FALL
The Great Outdoors
DDG Records
7.5-out-of-10

The Great Outdoors are a great folk unit out of B.C., well at least modern folk in style.
It was back in June of this year the band's CD Winter was reviewed here, and now we look at Fall. Sadly it's another EP effort, with only five songs. That is an unfortunate trend for bands. They pump out EPs more quickly I suppose, and get a few added sales, but I am still always left wanting more. If the material on an EP is good, and in this case it's a step up from The Great Outdoors' Winter effort, then you wish the package was thicker.
The strength of Fall is the haunting quality of the lyrics of the CD's best songs, in particular MacIntosh Apples and Black Water Road. If this was a full CD of material like these two songs, then Fall would be an easy nine.
That said, I have a tough time ever scoring an EP as high as a full CD simply because the band doesn't show it can carry a full disk.
Still, there is enough here to recommend this EP. In fact, I wish there was more here.
As for a website, I am afraid the one listed on the CD is a link to a different site all together, so if you want to know more Google the band.
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 26, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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