Lovedrug – Wild Blood : It’s A Killer, Not A Filler

What makes an album great? Is it the slick production that gets you? Maybe it’s the goosebumps that show up when you’re cruising down a dark highway and you hear a melody that just wont escape your head.

For me, it can be simple at times to tell when an album is great. The instruments will blend together like they were born for each other. In the same sense, vocals will sound like they don’t need any instrumental accompaniment to make sense and the lyrics that make an instant impact.

But usually, it takes a much more complicated scenario combined with the above to formulate what I consider to be a “great” album. Sometimes it’s a carefully choreographed soundscape consisting of one crunching guitar resounding through my left ear – while my right side is treated to a glistening lead guitar riff full of reverb and treble.  One factor that remains consistent is the need for me to listen to the album over and over (when I wake up all I want is to hear that one part of that one song). 

This “complicated” scenario can be found all over Lovedrug’s latest release titled Wild Blood. To categorize Lovedrug as an alternative band or even put them somewhere near the rock genre  immediately places restraints on a group of artists that have developed an album worthy of being described as entrancingly ingenious. Wild Blood combines beauty, sadness, virtue, energy and hope into an album that constantly blurs genres and rules.

One of my favorite tracks of the last year can be found on this album, the prehistorically named Dinosaur.  It starts with the bold lyric, “Fever – drugs – money – blood. Is it bad for love?”.  Dinosaur is a very different song both lyrically and musicaly compared to what I would usually consider to be my favorite cut on an album. The chugging rhythm guitar is answered with a clean lead guitar melody that gets you prepared for the chorus. “We were dinosaurs in the end…like we’d opt out of survival in lieu of some survival pretense”, referring to a companionship doomed from the start for extinction – something every romantic can relate to with a past relationship. In the middle of the song lead singer Michael Shepard whispers “we were”, making sure you are still listening and ready to be haunted for the rest of the cut.

Listen to Dinosaur here:

Another standout track, Pink Champagne, begins with circling cymbals and solid snare drum snaps. Everything feels like a pop song trudging through molasses until the chorus hits and everything changes. “Sure shot – you were always my sure shot” – describes someone whose guaranteed plans fell completely apart. As with every song on Wild Blood, this track combines solid rhythm work with a remarkable vocal melody.  Happiness can be found in the sadness (at least for the listener) because of the melancholic beauty trembling from this track.

Listen to Pink Champagne here:

Other notable tracks include the simplistically epic Premonition, the insanely catchy Your Country and the tender ballad Girl where Shepard’s vocals have never sounded better.

Overall this album contains some serious guitar work coupled with impressive drumming and solid bass backing. The vocals are on a whole different level as most songs could be listened to with no instrumentation needed. While Shepard previously resembled a young Billy Corgan, on Wild Blood he has found a home for his voice. That home is right at the point where beauty and chaos meet.

*Recommended if you like: Muse, Thrice – Beggars, and anything from piano rock to 90’s alternative

Download this album here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wild-blood/id496739871

Report Card: 

Advertisements

16 thoughts on “Lovedrug – Wild Blood : It’s A Killer, Not A Filler

  1. Sean

    Great review. I’ve heard some older songs by Lovedrug but the two you have on here sound really different (in a good way). I’ll take a listen to the full thing.

    • mart

      Lovedrug rocks and I’ve been listening to this album for a few months now. Your writing style is enjoyable to read and I appreciate your grading system. I’ll be back for more!

  2. kennybloggins21

    Sean :
    Great review. I’ve heard some older songs by Lovedrug but the two you have on here sound really different (in a good way). I’ll take a listen to the full thing.

    Thanks for the comment. Yes, it’s definitely an album that grows on you. If you like Pink Champage, give the song Ladders a listen.

  3. kennybloggins21

    mart :

    Lovedrug rocks and I’ve been listening to this album for a few months now. Your writing style is enjoyable to read and I appreciate your grading system. I’ll be back for more!

    Thanks for the kind words! How’d you make your way to the site? Many more reviews to come!

  4. Sam

    Wild Blood is my pick for aoty. This and Some Nights by Fun. are up there for me. My idea of a great album is one that keeps me wanting to hear more songs after I have finished the last track! Thanks for such an honest review – you got skills Bloggins (no Messina).

    • kennybloggins21

      Thanks Sam! I agree, it’s definitely up there for my album of the year choice. Another thing that classifies an album as great for me is diversity. Wild Blood has a wide range of styles, tempos and genres all mixed together. Haha I’ll see if I can get a guest writer whose name can be a play-on Messina’s.

  5. read the facts here

    Hello! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give
    a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading your blog posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same topics?

    Thanks a lot!

  6. Www.Schwaben-Gaming.de

    I’ve been surfing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found
    any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me.
    Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet
    will be much more useful than ever before.

  7. pinterest

    Make your images, videos, and infographics easy to pin by placing
    them on the page rather than displayed as a background. This tool (once called Pin – Clout) is very similar to Facebook Insights.
    There are different ways on getting invited to Pinterest.

  8. mold removal san mateo

    I was wondering if you ever considered changing the page layout of
    your site? Its very well written; I love wuat youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it
    better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one
    or two pictures. Maybe you cold space it out better?

COMMENT ON THIS POST

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s