I guess people don't like synths?
I've avoided this album for a long, long time now because of the horredous reviews. The only thing I've heard from this album was the title cut, and it didn't really impress me at the time.
What was I thinking? "Shout" is actually quite good! As great dance music with intelligent lyrics, it's almost as good as it gets.
No, "Shout" is not the Devo you know and love, and it never will be. At least musically.
But for what it is -- a dance-happy new wave album -- it's pretty great! I expected it to be some ugly sounding piece of garbage, as the reviews made it out to be just that. But it isn't. Actually, when I first listened to it, I felt somewhat embarassed to find myself really liking these songs.
If you liked "New Traditionalists" and/or "Oh, No," I think you'll mostly enjoy this set of songs as well. In all honesty, the music on here is just as good as it is on those albums.
In fact, it's better produced than "Traditionalists" and there are quite a few classics to be found -- "Here to Go," "The 4th Dimension," "Shout," "The Satisfied Mind," "Puppet Boy" -- even the cover of "Are You Experienced" is terrific, with some nice sounding piano thrown in.
Why everyone was up in arms about Devo becoming a synth band is pretty strange, as it was the band's mission from the start to use less guitars. With "Shout," you could say they reached their ideal sound. Or you could say they didn't. It's up to you.