On The Outside review by Symposium

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  • Released: May 19, 1998
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 0 (0 votes)
Symposium: On The Outside
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Sound — 10
It's not an easily defined sound, but the vocals sway towards brit-pop (I.e. Oasis, Blur). The album is made up of simple and catchy riffs that pushed sympo into the mainstream. In songs like 'The End' and the answer to why I hate you' the energy rivals that of NOFX and The Clash. It's such a mixture of influences and genres, but somehow the sound is perfect.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics, overall, are good although at times it gets a little monotonous and almost childish. However, the lyrics work with the music well. In songs like 'Bury You' you can feel the passion and meaning behind the lyrics.

Overall Impression — 10
You can't compare this album to any other. It's not britpop, it's not punk and it's certainly not metal. If you had to match them to an artist it would probably be Blur (from the 'Song 2' period). To me it's a must own album. Proper classy, West London rock.

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