And so here we are, give or take a Black Box Recorder (for the second time unrepresented on a Haines compilation). If you’re already a fan then you don’t need either this review or its accompanying album, so I’ll address the former to an imaginary reader who – like myself three years ago – has grinned her way through the hilarious savagery of Bad Vibes and wants to find out whether Haines can walk the walk as well as he talks the talk. In a world that still – inexplicably – lacks a straightforward one-disc Auteurs best-of, the only competition Outsider / In faces is Hut/EMI’s three-disc Luke Haines Is Dead extravaganza (2005), still available for slightly more than twice the new compilation’s modest asking price. In terms of raw quantity, the new one represents better value (18p per track as opposed to 22p, or roughly 5p per minute versus 7p, fellow autists). And in one sense the quality’s not an issue: I’ve yet to catch up with a couple of his post-Auteurs albums, but – silly remixes aside – all the evidence I’ve heard suggests that Haines doesn’t 'do' weak tracks, which simplifies the compiler’s task considerably.
Lest anybody mistake this for a (sorry) lukewarm review, I’ll break with DiS etiquette and 'award' Outsider / In a whopping nine gold stars, for emphasis, the missing one serving to indicate that where Haines compilations are concerned there is such a thing as even more superlative.(Chris Trout/dronedinsound.com)
Luke Haines is an artist i like very much. I like the lyrics (most) and love the sound. For a lot people it's not really ''pop'' i think. Anyway, from the 34 tracks here 20 are with the Auteurs. This is a really cool collection and i hope you like it, too.