I bought Lovers on the strength of one song (This Day) included on one of those compilation CDs on the front of a magazine. Why they chose to give away this one as a freebie is a mystery, I’d have thought it a certainty for release as a single. The chorus is a strong one anyway, even before the magnificent nah, nah, nah, nah, NAH, NAH (believe me, this sounds WAY better than it looks) hook kicks in – surely the moment of the album.
Luke Steele demonstrates on this song, and others, an uncanny ability to marry raw emotion with a killer tune. Acid in my Heart has emotion in spades, from the vitriolic first line ‘It’s true, I never had no fun with you…’, but this is housed within a melody that nags away at you all day long, despite not having a ‘chorus’ in the massive, signposted, sing-along sense that catchy songs are supposed to have.
Other notable tracks are Rain falls for Wind, with another killer first line ‘I’ve been drinking, and I’ve been thinking of you…’, and Tell The Girls I'm Not Hangin' Out, which, with it’s swirly guitars and dancy drums, sounds like the commercial end of Primal Scream.
Trying to pigeonhole the sound isn’t easy (or necessary) – lets just say if you enjoy mellow guitar music WITH EDGE, you will enjoy this. It doesn’t rock, but neither does it make for comfortable listening at times.
The only real downside to this album is the way it tails off just a bit towards the end. Songs in the latter half of the album tend to be barer and less produced, which is fine in it’s own right, but they are also a little weaker. Reshuffling the running order or having higher production values on these tracks could have alleviated the slight anticlimax of the last half.
This is being picky, though, as this is still a great album. If country-alt-rock (OK, I tried) is your thing, you will appreciate The Sleepy Jackson.