I have to agree with what others have already said about distortion on this album. I usually love distortion. Even with music that might not seem the best candidate for distortion (i.e. anything that's not fuzz rock), it can still sound great if done right. Love Remains gets distortion wrong, though. Instead of being a warm, inviting, layer of analogue fuzz, this entire album is suffuse with the awful sort of ear grating, digital screeching, style of distortion that just sounds like all the songs were recorded, converted to mp3 at like 12 kbps, then were rerecorded to CD by playing these 12 kbps mp3s on an old boom box in front of a 5 dollar radio shack computer microphone. At first I thought that this might be the intended effect (i.e. perhaps Krell is purposely using this at certain points just to create a musical effect, which I wouldn't mind if done artfully), but after listening for a while I realized that it happens so uniformly that it has to be a result of the way it was recorded rather than any intentional manipulation. Everything has that awful, tiny, digital, ear-grating quality to it in which every time the album hits a high note or an especially loud beat or musical crescendo it distorts into a series of awful sounding scratches and screeches which give the impression that you're playing it through some blown out speakers. This might not be such a problem if this were a rock album, but it's an R&B album and given that Tom Krell (the singer/composer) sings in a very high falsetto stuff like this happens every 5 seconds on the album, rending many songs unlistenable.
Which is a shame as musically this is an absolutely incredible album. So good, in fact, that I've continued to listen to it at length even despite the fact that the recording of many of the songs makes my ears bleed. Krell is undeniably talented and he creates incredible soundscapes on this album, the exact sorts of dreamy and hazy soundscapes which sound best with a certain level of distortion--but he needs to learn how to do distortion right in order to make it add to the music rather than ruining it.
So anyways, even though I love this album I'd have a hard time recommending it to people just because of the recording quality. I think Krell has a huge future in front of him, but before he releases a follow up album, I'd first like to see him rerecord this one. This album is so good that it deserves to be recorded properly. But hopefully this version will sell well enough that he'll be able to rent a proper studio next time.