Blasting off from the get-go, Lorene Drive successfully mixes
classic rock elements similar to The Black Crowes (but way
faster) with new alt-metal influences to create a hook-heavy amalgamation
that just plain works. I so wanted to write this band off as another
pop metal scream-o mix that just jumps on the popular bandwagon, but
after listening multiple times this opinion waned as I succumbed to
their charm and movement. While not exactly ground-breaking in any
fashion, Lorene Drive does one thing extremely successfully; create
meaningful, expressive songs that will circulate around your brain
long after hearing them.
Everything is just done correctly - good guitar lines highlight quick
and witty themes, while drums accurately weave in and out of the structure
adding without detracting from the whole. The vocals, which I at first
deemed too whiney, grew on me as I inevitably bowed to the graceful
changes from singable to shout-able melodies that carried the songs
further. And from someone who is no fan of growling lyrics, this band
beautifully walked that fine line to create an exception for me.
Production was top-notch, creating and emphasizing good distinct
differences between tracks while meandering the same pulsing vein
that the band represents. Even the cliché "For The Rest
Of Us" which usually ends up as a "Yeah, we can rock hard
but still play a ballad" final track for most main stream rockers
doesn't fall prey to the sappy treatment other bands go to. It is
viable and meaningful in its own right and adds to the album. Period.
So okay, it took me a while to get over their style which is greatly
overused now-a-days, but I am the better for it. Every track is
worthy, and that just makes it a solid album. So what are you waiting
1) God Knows I Love You
2) Let It Go
3) So Easy
4) A Kiss Won't Make This Better
5) A Song In The Key Of Sex
6) Kill Your Lover
7) Lip Service
8) Change Of Occupancy
9) Some Kind Of Love
10) For The Rest Of Us
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