After some experimenting Stanley Odd have really found their sound on Reject.
First track ‘This is Stanley Odd’ is something of a calling card as is ‘Will the Last One Out Please Turn Out The Light’.
In the latter we are encouraged to join the Reject society and there is only one condition to join “normally with clubs some exclusion is expected/for this club every applicant has been rejected/and by that definition are accepted”.
Stanley Odd has a knack for social commentary and getting political – ‘Antiheroics’ tackles the issue of apathy and tries to encourage people to vote with lines like “putting a cross in the box shows you’re watching back”.
It’s a positive message to be giving out and if it does encourage some people to vote and become engaged with politics that would be really encouraging.
‘Marriage Counselling’ is a rapped series of open letters between Caledonia and Britannia on their relationship prior to the 2014 referendum.
The argument gets increasingly heated with Britannia claiming Caledonia does nothing but bitch and moan and is too full of drugs and booze to look after its self. Caledonia retorts by telling Britannia to “wind your neck in” and that it supports its self and is sick of being treated like a poor relation.
It’s well balanced put forward in a way that more than politicians can understand and that may be sobering for both sides.
The band admits they are on the fence on this issue and that debating it is the most important thing.
On this album they have also moved into writing more personal songs; this is seen most on ‘Day 3’ and ‘Carry Me Home’, which is the sound of someone taking a long hard look at themselves and not always liking what they see.
It’s a good step forward for the band and leads to some of the best songs on a very strong album.
‘Killergram’ is the latest single and in it frontman and songwriter Solareye turns his attention and sharp tongue to gangster rap wannabes.
This is an incredibly strong album that at times tackle issues in an intelligent and thought provoking way.
At other times it’s more light hearted and funny and it’s the balance between these that helps to make this album so enjoyable.
Words: Eala MacAlister