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CD Review: The Liminanas [2010]

The Liminanas
Release: 2010
Label: Trouble In Mind

1. “Darkside” – B-
2. “Down Underground” – B
3. “Je ne suis pas tres drogue – B-
4. “Funeral Baby” – A-
5. “Chocolate in my Milk” – B
6. “Tigre du Bengale” – C+
7. “Mountain” – B-
8. “Je suis une go-go girl” – A-
9. “Berceuse pour Clive” – B
10. “Tears” – B-
11. “Tigre du Bengale” – B-
12. “Got Nothing to Say” – A

Comments: To quote insound.com’s description of this album: “This LP has a very cinematic feel.” As a result, a lot of the songs feel pretty orchestrated and calculated. Don’t let some of the English titles fool you — this is mainly a French affair. Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my knowledge of French is very minimal. I don’t know what they are talking about, but that’s okay…I’ve never been all that good at/interested in interpreting lyrics anyway. “Funeral Baby” is the band’s first attempt at no frills garage-pop and the result is an awesome song. It reminds me of Davila 666, but from the South of France. As far as the rest of the record is concerned, it’s an all-together different approach to music making. There are some semi-instrumental tracks and other consistently weird rockers. Album closer “Got Nothing to Say” is a favorite from this. “Tu m’a dit que tu t’es “okay” — “You told me that you are okay” — is what I think is repeated, BUT this does not matter!

Grade: B (84)

CD Review: Never Grow Up [2010]

Band: The Crusaders of Love
Release: 2010
Label: Douchemaster

1. “Better When I’m Gone” – B+
2. “Shot to the Heart” – B-
3. “Good Time All the Time” – B+
4. “Little Mind” – B+
5. “Braving Hell” – A-
6. “Can’t Get Enough” – A-
7. “It Doesn’t Change a Thing” – A-
8. “Time” – A
9. “If You Want to Try” – A-
10. “Looking For Us” – B
11. “Looking For a Heart” – A-

Comments: Crusaders of Love have the power-pop thing down pat. There’s not much changing up of things, so I can’t find too many stand-out tracks among the first four tracks. I do dig the punk-lite naivete, which really comes out on the rest of the album. It’s hard not to like the perceived care-free aesthetic of a young band just jamming out and having fun. They’ve got a release on Die Slaughterhaus so if I say they have a similar energy/MO of early Black Lips I don’t think I’d be too far off. Also, I never would have guessed these guys were from France.

Grade: B+ (88)