Rochester skanksters Mrs. Skannotto will keep you guessing with its new offering, "Outlier." This band has always been much more than ska — what with its sinister punk energy, slick speed, and clever progressions. When the band does cop to a more ska-centric sound the entire band is painstakingly precise and dead-on. Though Mrs. Skannotto seems to be outgrowing some of ska's tight perimeters or moving one step beyond the genre's limits with "Outlier," the ska is still there at the heart of the rock and chaos.
Songs like the title track — and CD opener — "Outlier," that has more of a So-Cal power-pop-punk feel. The same with "Phantom Pain" if it weren't for the awesome U-turn to the irresistible flipped beat thanks to Mrs. Skannotto's most excellent horn section — which really shines on the intro to "Entropy." There are subtleties and textures throughout this 11-song adventure that reveal themselves with every new spin. This is an excellent and extremely diverse record — there's even a cool take on Peter Gabriel's "Games without Frontiers," a song I have hated for years up until now. Over all "Outlier" has something for everyone who likes it raucous, rowdy and fun. I dare you to try and sit still while listening to this one.