Love and Rockets
National Music Reviews
After months of anticipation, the new Love and Rockets LP is finally here complete with harmonica, saxaphone and plenty of fuzz bass. It’s safe to say this album is a disappointing followup to its predecessor Earth Sun Moon. After seeing Love and Rockets debut the first single of this album “Motorcycle” in concert Spring of ’88 it seemed as though the new album had a lot of promise. After listening to it, I soon realized that the majority of tracks were watered down.
The sound is straightforward—Love and Rockets’s own style of bluesy rock and roll. The second single to emerge is “So Alive,” a song that is sure to propel this album to being L&R’s best selling album. This is due to it’s airplay on many radio stations with different formats. The song has what it takes to be a top forty hit, with its steady dance beat and lyrics about a long pair of legs. Despite its shortcomings, the album does have its good points: the vocal mixture of David J. and Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskin’s driving drumming. Stand out tracks include “Motorcycle,” “Teardrop Collector” and a rhythm and blues number entitled “Bound for Hell.” Don’t get me wrong this album is actually pretty good, but when compared with the other L&R albums, it’s rather dry. So whether you like this album or not, be sure and see them at Park West—you won’t be disappointed.
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