Review: ‘Popular Mechanics’ – Sam Outlaw

Sam Outlaw is known for his unique blend of SoCal country. His first three studio albums captured hearts of fans throughout the US and Europe and led him to the stages of some famous festivals and venues.

His fourth album he created with vinyl in mind and as such is split into two sides. Side A transports the listeners back in time to the 80’s, synthesizers and fretless bass dominate the instrumentation. The recording opens with the chugging of a muted electric guitar on ‘Here On A Mission’.

Outlaw’s vocals have never sounded better and they shine on the laid back, upbeat ‘Half A World Away’ especially in that chorus. Side B leans more towards the Americana influences that inspire Outlaw’s music with its layered guitars. This side opens with the powerful sound of ‘Stay The Night’ which boasts an arena ready sound, the backing vocals helping the chorus to gain momentum.

The real stand out is ‘Language of Love’ with it’s simple, stripped back arrangement it gives Outlaw’s lyrics and voice the space to hammer home the beautiful message. Though the album was released last year, it shall be released on CD in March of this year before Outlaw embarks on a UK and European tour. 

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