Crackout : Oh No!
Crackout seem to have a thing for shitty album names. Oh No!, their second album, is the follow up to their debut This Is Really Neat. Still, books and their covers and all that. Crackout are one of those bands who the word potential could have been invented for. There were glimpses on their first album that suggested they are a band who might just one day come up with an absolute barnstormer of an album. Unfortunately, Oh No! isn't quite that album.
Having said that, there are some genuinely good moments on Oh No!. Punk-pop opener Out Of Our Minds - despite the rather suspect lyrics - is infectious stuff and sets the mood for the rest of the album. Wait and the brooding Pale both evoke angst-ridden images of running down school corridors with The Breakfast Club, and All This Colour - probably the best song here - is well positioned in the middle of the album to pick the pace up once again.
The album, and indeed the band, are summed up nicely by a line in Oh No!'s third track, This is What We Do: "I'll talk in a whisper, 'cause this is what we do." If they start shouting a bit more, Crackout might just make an impression. Until then, this is what they do . . .