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Frankie Rose &  The Outs
Frankie Rose & The Outs Frankie Rose And The Outs
Released 8 October 2010
Producer Frankie Rose
Label Memphis Industries
Length 29:33
Genre Rock, alternative
Website myspace.com/saintoftherose

The history of music isn’t exactly littered with successful all-female rock bands. Despite bands like The Runaways, The Go-Go’s and Girlschool laying foundations for acceptability in the ‘70s what followed was a trickle of similar acts like The Bangles and The Donnas but the explosion never happened. Don’t get me wrong there have been big female influences in rock bands since; Courtney Love with Hole, Kim Deal with The Pixies and D’arcy Wretzky with Smashing Pumpkins to name but a few but generally female artists seem to gravitate more towards pop groups. So it’s nice to have Frankie Rose & The Outs to help redress the balance ever so slightly with their self titled debut.

The album opens with 'Hollow Life' an ethereal mood setter with layered vocals over a distorted organ, not exactly what I was expecting from a four piece rock band but an interesting opening to the album. Up next is 'Candy Girl' a catchy pop tune with shades of The Bangles’ vocal harmonies, that all sounds like it’s come straight from the mid ‘90s grunge scene. The guitar riff is pretty basic and there’s not a whole lot to the song but it’s one that's going to get stuck in your head once you’ve heard it.

'Little Brown Haired Girls', 'Lullaby for Roads & Miles' and 'That’s What People Told Me' switch back to the layered vocal soundscape style and you start wondering where the edge is, it’s all very pleasant and nice to listen to but it needs some biting lyrics or some distinctive guitar riffs to get the album going. Things pick up slightly with 'Must Be Nice' and 'Girlfriend Island' two songs which have a bit more purpose to them but still feel like they are anchored in mood setting rather than in bravado.

This is an album that is easy to listen to and enjoy but without any real edge it ends up a bit pedestrian. Perhaps if they had invested a bit more attitude into this album à la PJ Harvey or Brody Dalle this could have been something to get excited about.

- Brian Kinsella