This Is an Outrage!

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This Is an Outrage!
Studio album by Capital Lights
Released July 8, 2008
Recorded Seattle, Washington
Genre Christian rock, power pop
Length 45:05
Label Tooth & Nail
Producer Aaron Sprinkle
Capital Lights chronology
The Revival of the Fittest EP
This Is an Outrage!
Rhythm 'N' Moves
Alternative cover
Japan edition album cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 7.1/10 stars[1]
AllMusic (Positive)[2]
CCM Magazine 2.5/5 stars[3]
Cross Rhythms 6/10 stars[4] (Positive)[5]
Indie Vision Music 8.5/10 stars[6]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[7]
New Release Tuesday 4/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[8]

This Is an Outrage! is the debut studio album by the American Christian pop rock band Capital Lights, with their previous EP being released under the name Aftereight.[9] It was released on July 8, 2008 under Tooth & Nail Records.[10][11]

Critical reception[edit]

The album garnered mostly very positive reviews from most professional music sites and reviews.

Sputnikmusic openly praised the album stating: "The whole record bleeds infectious energy, sing-along-choruses, and pop rock melodies...With such a simple concept, you would think this record would be easily forgettable, or passable as just another fun pop/punk/rock record. However, Capital Lights performs this simplicity so well that you won't really even notice it, and will immediately be roped in by the catchy, bouncy sound. Check out This Is an Outrage!, you won't be disappointed."[8] Lindsay Wiseman of Jesus Freak Hideout positively said: "Overall, it is an extremely powerful debut and is consistently fun, energetic, and extremely pleasing to the ears. Capital Lights has made a name for themselves with This Is an Outrage!, no doubt."[7] Nathan of New Release Tuesday went on to say: "Ever wonder what Anberlin might sound if they were punk rock? Well wonder no more because now we have a close example. The debut album for the band Capital Lights is here, and it’s an outstanding blend of Relient K, and Anberlin, with some bits that sound like Eleventyseven and Run Kid Run. The result is one of the best punk/power pop/rock, with a hint of emo rock, albums in a while."[3] Griffin Klemick plainly said in closing, "The end of the story: In July 2008 this CD unseated Alkaline Trio’s Agony & Irony, the latest effort by my favorite band, in my CD player. This Is an Outrage! did not leave it for more than five weeks."[6]

On the other hand, Matthew Tsani of AbsolutePunk did frankly state, "In the end, the main letdown of the album is the fact that this band had an ample amount of potential to write songs that could very well make them the next decent pop-punk hit, but instead are writing songs that prompt people to categorize them as merely “generic.” Whether this is because of the influence of the label or not is not really that big of a deal. What is important, however, is that Capital Lights swim themselves out of this monotonous sea of electro-pop before they make another album. In the meantime, fans will still have fun with This Is an Outrage!" Matt Conner of CCM Magazine negatively said: "Unfortunately, the bottom line is set low as many other bands simply do it better. If Tooth & Nail sticks with them, maturity is certainly a possibility as seen with other bands (i.e. Relient K). But for now, Capital Lights fails to make its mark."[3]


On May 6, 2008, the first single "Outrage" off the album was released.[12] It was later placed on the X 2009 Christian rock hits compilation album,[13][14] as well as the 2011 compilation album Time Will Pass You By.[15][16][17]

"Out of Control" peaked at #1 on the R&R Christian Rock charts in 2008.[18]

"Outrage", "Out of Control", and "Return" all peaked within the top 5 of the ChristianRock.Net radio charts.[19]

Besides these, the song "Worth as Much as a Counterfeit Dollar" was also a single from the release.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Capital Lights, except track 6 by Capital Lights and Aaron Sprinkle.

No. Title Length
1. "Outrage" 3:49
2. "Worth as Much as a Counterfeit Dollar" 3:05
3. "Out of Control" 3:37
4. "Remember the Day" 3:30
5. "Miracle Man" 3:37
6. "Mile Away" 3:43
7. "Work It Out" 3:25
8. "Let the Little Lady Talk" 4:09
9. "Return" 4:24
10. "Kick It Off" 3:21
11. "The Night of Your Life Is When You'll Die" 3:11
12. "Frank Morris" 5:14
Total length: 45:05


Per liner notes[21]

Capital Lights
Additional musicians and production

Chart performance[edit]

Billboard Charts (2008) Peak
Billboard Heatseekers Albums[22] 51
Billboard Christian Albums[22] 34
Billboard Christian Rock Charts[22] 12

Music videos[edit]


  • The tracks "Worth as Much as a Counterfeit Dollar", "The Night of Your Life is When You Die", and "Can I Get an Amen!" are all re-recorded tracks from the band's former incarnation of Aftereight.
  • The phrase "Here's looking at you, kid" from the opening track "Outrage" is a reference to the famous line from the film Casablanca.
  • The song "Frank Morris" is named after the Alcatraz prisoner of the same name, famous for the June 1962 Alcatraz escape.
  • The same year of the release, the band also debuted their first Christmas single "His Favorite Christmas Story".[23] The song was included on the Tooth & Nail Christmas compilation album X Christmas.[24] The song was later re-released on the 2011 Christmas compilation album Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree.[25]


  1. ^ Tsai, Matthew. "Capital Lights - This is An Outrage! - Album Review". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ Tognazzini, Anthony. "This Is an Outrage! - Capital Lights". AllMusic. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "This Is An Outrage! by Capital Lights". New Release Today. July 11, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ Jones, Ewan (August 28, 2008). "Review: This Is An Outrage! - Capital Lights". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ Breimeier, Russ (July 1, 2015). "This Is An Outrage! review". Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Capital Lights - This is an Outrage!". Indie Vision Music. August 20, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Wiseman, Lindsay (July 6, 2008). "Capital Lights, This Is An Outrage! Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Capital Lights - This Is An Outrage! (album review)". Sputnikmusic. February 7, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ "New Artist Spotlight: Capital Lights - Interview". August 6, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "This Is an Outrage on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ "This Is an Outrage on Amazon". Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Our First Single "Outrage" Is Available Now At iTunes!!!". Facebook. May 6, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ "X 2009 Christian Rock Hits album by Various Artists on Amazon". Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  14. ^ "X 2009 Christian Rock Hits album on AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Time Will Pass You By on AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Time Will Pass You By on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Time Will Pass You By on Amazon". Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Capital Lights - Rhythms 'N' Moves". Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Capital Lights Singles Charts on ChristianRock.Net". ChristianRock.Net. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  20. ^ "This Is an Outrage album trailer". Facebook. July 7, 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  21. ^ This Is an Outrage! (CD liner notes). Capital Lights. Tooth & Nail Records. 2008. 5099952161025. 
  22. ^ a b c "Capital Lights Up The Charts With Debut On Billboard Top Heatseekers". July 18, 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Our Christmas Song "His Favorite Christmas Story" - Available Now". Facebook. October 28, 2008. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  24. ^ "X Christmas by Various Artists on Amazon". Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Various Artists on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 

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