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Love Is All
Nine Times That Same Song
What's Your Rupture?

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


October 30, 2006
Love Is All has released a record called Nine Times That Same Song. The opening track is titled "Talk Talk Talk Talk." The cover art has the words "nine times that same song" typed all over like some ransom note gone awry. If there's a doubt whether subtlety is in their dictionary, just hit play. Blasting out of your earbuds comes a wonderful cacophony of sounds including, but not limited to: chanting male vocals, a sultry female stuttering like a banshee, dissonant saxophone, rollicking drum rolls, and a blaring call and response motif that should be the chase theme for the new "Casino Royale." But if that doesn't hit you like a musical two by four, hold tight. The song that follows, "Ageing Had Never Been His Friend," begins with lead vocalist Josephine Clausson screeching "I keep/ The one/ I love/ In a freezer." Ah yes, love is indeed all.

Hailing from Sweden, this five-piece ensemble have crash landed stateside with quite a compelling debut. Scandinavian bands nowadays certainly know their American music history, and one need look no further than notable countrymen Mando Diao and The Hives for proof. Love Is All are aiming for a different jugular vein of reverence: the guitar fuzz of surf rock, the tuneful grittiness NYC punk and the danceable beats of new wave. The resulting mish-mash comes out sounding like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs channeling The Rapture. Sometimes choppy, usually melodic, always exuberant.

The half-hour song-cycle divides nicely into two distinct atmospheres, as clamor melts into lullaby by the third track. The appropriately titled "Turn the Radio Off" incorporates pulp guitar and chimes as a backdrop for Ms. Clausson's tender vocals, a notable feat after listening to her yelp through the previous songs. Later in the album comes the sequel, "Turn the TV Off", a gorgeous piece highlighted by a distant saxophone that harks back to Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side." The backing band of four lads named Johan, Markus, Fredrik and Nicholaus play their respective instruments with verve, and all provide excellent backing vox through the entire record. Lyrics are somewhat indecipherable due to the Swedish accents, yet they generally seem playful, sarcastic and senseless; I heard something about liking the same kind of cheese. It's really beside the point on this record, as the driving force here is simply the energy put forth by this kitschy and chic band.

Love Is All have offered up a hugely enjoyable disc with Nine Times That Same Song. The ironic title is a red herring: each one of these gems is unique and totally stands on its own. Like The Go! Team, the music reeks of some bygone era, yet tastes remarkably fresh. The album is a stylized splash on the scene, like a cannonball from a 3 meter diving board. I highly recommend being poolside for this one.

Reviewed by Ari Shapiro
A staff writer for LAS, Ari Shapiro mixes up pretty unique smoothies at XOOM in hot Tucson.

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