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The Lovemakers
Misery Loves Company

Rating: 5/10 ?

August 1, 2007
Times Of Romance, The Lovemakers' debut album, is a release filled with little electro pop pearls and bathing in a hot and spicy sauce of decadence and sexual imagery. Released just two years ago, Times of Romance was a forceful debut, yet it hasn't been able to tide over fans eagerly awaiting The Lovemakers return, and so the band has decided to release a number of EP's every 6-7 months, with Misery Loves Company being the first to hit the stores.

For the Lovemakers, who were SPIN.com's band of the day earlier this week, their EP series very ambitious project, with videos accompanying every song on the release, making the series of EP's a great concept. There are bells and whistles, to be sure, but in the case of Misery Loves Company all those extra features seem to have come at the expense of the songs.

The sing-a-long tracks of Times Of Romance are nowhere to be found here; no matter how many times you put Misery Loves Company on repeat, you will not find a "Prepare For The Fight" amongst it's songs. It feels as if songwriters Lisa Wright and Scott Blonde have run into a creative thicket, and no matter how hard the pair bushwhack they just can't seem to find a catchy tune to kick off the line of EP releases.

To be completely honest, the videos accompanying the songs are not all that interesting either. There are frames of the band rocking out, scenes of a white wolf running around, and an animated video as well, and they all feel slightly amateurish. With the budget for the videos most likely on the thin side, all the constraints of building such an ambitious project on lackluster songs shine through in the finished product.

All is not lost, however, as there is one song, and the accompanying video as well, that stand out from the otherwise mediocre crowd. The track, "Whine & Dine," is the first single from Misery Loves Company, and although the video production is still far from slick the dancing, hyphy kids and the great editing combine to show that good videos are possible even without huge budgets - so long as the song is worth it and inspires it. "Whine & Dine" follows the proven Lovemakers formula of electro pop, only this time they've rock'n'rolled it up a bit, making more room for the guitars. So solid and so at odds with the companion cuts on Misery Loves Company, "Whine & Dine" sounds more like a B-side from Times Of Romance than anything.

The Lovemakers released a great album in 2005, and Misery Loves Company isn't a flattering way for the duo to follow it up. Not being a proper album, this might just be a temporary set back, and with any luck The Lovemakers' second EP, to be released in half a year's time, will rip your poor little ears off and pave the way for a solid sophomore album.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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