Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders The Outskirts of Your Heart

The Outskirts of Your Heart shows two distinct sides to the former vocalist of underground L.A. icons Lazy Cowgirls. The first disc of this double record blasts down doors with a floor-stomping delivery that matches the pace of Pat Todd’s revered former band. Songs like "Just Another Stupid Guy” and "November 11th” have the kind of turbocharged tunefulness that made the Lazy Cowgirls a significant influence on the likes of Nine Pound Hammer, the Supersuckers and numerous others. The Outskirts of Your Heart’s second disc, meanwhile, leans toward roots rock and country music, with heartfelt ballads conveying a more low-key approach. Todd capably croons songs that show a wider range than his typical full-tilt style, with banjo and mandolin added in to the musical mix. The Outskirts of Your Heart’s variety shows the versatility of a man who’s long been admired for his dedication and talents.

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