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Lorene Drive
Romantic Wealth
Lobster Records
www.lorenedrive.com


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 for?

-bishop

Track listing:
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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