Outlandos D’Amour Review

Photo of Outlandos D'Amour cover by Discogs

Photo of Outlandos D’Amour cover by Discogs

Kaden Fields, Multimedia Editor

In the late 70s to late 80s, the band The Police were among one of the most underrated competitors in the rock and roll genre. Their Reggae and hard rock influence is what made them truly unique, and their debut album, “Outlandos D’Amour,” showcases every beautiful knack. My favorite part about this band is its use of sound. It sounds so familiar yet so different. Its influence was primarily driven from what the band was listening to at the time, which they say was funky, reggae kind of music. Stewart Copeland’s off-beat drum licks and whiny high pitched vocals from Sting are some of the most pulchritudinous sounds to hit my hears. Not only is the album cover flashy and edgy, but the songs reverberate and bounce off one another quite well with a constant pizzazz.

The album was released by A&M Records on November 2, 1978, and peaked at number 6 on the UK charts and number 23 on the US Charts. It was praised with critical acclaim and has solidified itself as a classic album. My favorite songs on the album include “Roxanne,” “So Lonely,” “Truth hits Everyone,” if i had to choose. I love how some of these songs rev you up like, “Peanuts.” This band really just makes me want to play air drums and dance in my bedroom late at night. Its punk energy harnessed within these songs really captivates and inspires me, both musically and poetically.

Photo of The Police by www.thepolice.com

Now this album, in my opinion, has nothing wrong with it. There’s something for everyone. If you want a bummer song listen to, there’s “So Lonely,” or a song to pump you up and make you feel good listen to is “Next to You.”  There really is a lot of different emotions in this album and it’s stellar. The songs are catchy, fun, and overall great pieces of art.