Catchy Hooks and Tons of Synth: “Ruby Red” and The Love Language

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My new review is up over at the music mag Treblezine. Check it out!

Here’s a teaser:

Stuart McLamb, the sole full-time member of The Love Language, recently divulged a secret about himself. “I can definitely overthink stuff,” he said, discussing the just-released Ruby Red. I’ll elaborate: The Love Language recorded the album in a flurry of enthusiasm and anticipation in 2012, and then listened to the finished product en route to SXSW that March. What they heard wasn’t what they wanted to share with their fans. They scrapped it and McLamb and producer B.J. Burton redid the entire thing over the next year with the help of 21 musicians in four states…[Read More]

Lightning Dust Review on Treblezine

Check out my review of the recent Lightning Dust release on the music site Treblezine! Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 11.31.01 PM

A quick look at Lightning Dust‘s top downloads on Amazon’s MP3 store shows that “Diamonds” is the band’s most downloaded track. One listen and it’s easy to see why — it’s endlessly catchy, its syncopated beat rolling like a flashback to a time when Annie Lennox and Fleetwood Mac commanded the radio. It’s in good company, though —  sparse synth-pop beats, drum-loops, and powerful vocals comprise the whole of Lightning Dust’s third full-length album, Fantasy……read more!