Love Is All – Two Thousand and Ten Injuries

Posted on April 23, 2010


written for High Voltage

It is difficult to define ‘Love Is All’. Their latest long player, ‘Two Thousand and Ten Injuries’, quite clearly exhibits indie, pop and punk influences, but they also attempt to make use of saxophone and boy/girl harmonies, making a definite description of their approach difficult to arrive at. What is clear is that this band enjoys making records with hooks. They write short, catchy tracks that entertain and this should guarantee that they will continue to be loved by their fervent fans.

The album makes an instant impression with its opening track ‘Bigger Bolder’, a speedy introduction that contains a simple and effective lead guitar line and interesting vocals from lead singer Josephine Olausson. Olausson has a strange delivery, but once one has come to terms with this unique style it becomes very enjoyable. She may lack the style and power of contemporaries such as Karen O, but her off kilter approach offers something slightly different to anyone else. ‘Dust’ is another striking number, with its attention-grabbing drum roll that starts the track before Olausson launches into an impassioned vocal performance. Her voice is distorted, evoking memories of The Strokes, and the lead guitar is once again uncomplicated and pleasurable. The stand-out song is saved for last, with ‘Take Your Time’ displaying a recognisable melody, almost as if it has been used before, which creates a dream like ending to the record.

The saxophone is a dangerous instrument to employ given its association with those dodgy power ballads from the ‘80’s, but it is central to some of the songs on this album. James Ausfahrt, their saxophonist, understands subtlety, and this ensures that his playing doesn’t damage the band’s sound, rather, he enhances it. The album can, at first, appear to be an eccentric mix of musical styles and ideas, but they somehow manage to blend these differing sounds into a coherent package. It will not be to everybody’s taste, but there is certainly a place for this type of album in today’s diverse world of music.

Two Thousand and Ten Injuries’ is an energetic and infectious album that grows in stature the more you listen to it. The charismatic lead singing and quirky backing vocals ensure that this album is anything but boring to listen to and it is easy to see why they have gathered a cult following. This is their third LP since their inception in 2005 and it is unlikely to be their last.

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