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A surprising change of direction,
This review is from: Love (Audio CD)
As soon as the stunning riff of "Bring It Low" opens the Juliana Theory's major label debut, it's plain to see that this is going to be somewhat different to "Emotion is Dead". The guitars are heavier, and - most notabley - singer Brett Detar's voice has changed. With the exception of the amazing "White Days", there are no tunes with the same gentle emotion that made "Emotion is Dead" so special. Even "Into The Dark" (which itself was on EID) sounds different. The band pack a much stronger musical punch than before, and it sounds immense!
It would be easy to view this change of sound as suicidal, except for one thing: it sounds damn good! There are many killer tunes on this CD, the pick of the bunch being "Repeating, Repeating", "DTM" and "Congratulations". Not all of the songs are as brilliant as these, but on a 14 song CD you can afford one or two weaker songs. And still, even the worst tracks are hardly stinkers. I would imagine the songs that I think are the worst would be somebody else's favourites. There is plenty of diversity, so everybody will find different thing's to love about "Love". Styles range from the traditional emo of "Shell of a Man" to the slow-burning epic "Everything". And of course their are plenty of riffed-out rock anthems as well!
They've done the sit-quietly-and-emote sound, now they're doing the punch-the-air-and-play-air-guitar-throughout-the-album sound. They sound almost like Foo Fighters-meets-Audioslave on "Love", but with far better songs than either of those two bands. It seems that no matter what the Juliana Theory do, they do it well.