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Love .45
Love .45
Rock Ridge Music
www.love45.com


So I must admit, I was making fun of the band's name before I even listened to them, and now I am regretting it. Not that I finally came to my senses and think the name is cool now - I don't. Rather, listening to the music I have come around to the realization that this band is much more than just a stupid name.

I hate to compare them with Creed, but I can't help it. The thing is though, I would call them what Creed should be, better and more genuine, more talented and containing much better hooks and guitar licks. But, there is the same sense of purpose and feel that leads the album forward, and a more than popular sound for today's rock radio stations.

The guitar work is the best thing about the album; the lines are crisp and to the point. Where they don't dazzle by their basic nature, they more than make it up with drive and determination. With less initiative on this single instrument the album would fall flat on its face, but luckily it doesn't, it climbs and peaks in beautiful succession. The bass and drums do their part for the material but don't stretch beyond the sound to truly carve a niche for themselves. The vocals and backing are acceptable, but like the bass and drums they don't take it to the next level to make them, well, worth talking about more.

The arrangements cover a lot of the song writing voids, with nice changes and excellent use of crescendos to emphasize good peaks. "So loud" is a superb example of build and release that satisfies my belief that you can have highs and lows within the same song and have it still be an excellent song. The majority of the songs are memorable and worth it, and overall it is a decent album. I believe this band has potential to go somewhere.

Love .45, good band, bad name.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) Way Down
2) So Loud
3) Don't Ask Me
4) Fade
5) Come Undone
6) Smile
7) Awake
8) Promise
9) The Hey Song
10) Over My Head
11) Change the World
12) Just Lie to Me


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