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Love Arcade
Love Arcade
Gotizm/ East West Rock

Upon hearing the first track of the Love Arcade's self-titled debut album it proves to be filled with pop frippery, saucy vocals, and dance/funk grooves that are reminders of the party tunes of the Scissor Sisters. The music is kitsch and campy with lyrics that take pleasure in the freedom of being young, uninhibited, willful, and expressing desires liberally. The numbers range from pop ballads to mid-tempos with melodies that are dotted by falsettos and top hat clangs along a belly of heady movements. The music means to be seductive with flexing vocal embers, gallows of pop/funk distillery, and lyrics that flirt with desire but never quite jump in. In the Love Arcade's vision, their songs are passionate and honest, and for fans who like their style it is.

"Keep It Coming" starts off the album with dance beats and pop props that are tempered for clubs. The pop ballad "Sara" has a more romantic seedling, and "Candy" glints with chic vocals smothered on thick in a mid-tempo puff-pop bolero. "Passenger" keeps the saccharine parchment going with catchy grooves and dollops of fidgety guitar taps. "Tease Me" has a seductive vocal curl followed by "Moses" which latches haunting keyboard moans to plush tambourine jangles. There is a boy band exterior to the songs with a funky soft punk style chaining the instrumentation.

"I Can't Stop" has a dance/funk prance, whereas "Sweet Thing" carriages a sweeping jazz percussion and trumpet aerials. "Party" harbors goofy vocal expressions and club beats that flaunt a boy band hop. The seductive laces on "Going Down" contrast the indie pop nettling on "Waste" with a comparable motoring to The Unicorns. The final track "Open" closes the album with spangled guitar taps and voluptuous violin somersaults that lift the melody off the ground.

The Love Arcade manages a boy band sound with a sense of themselves. The band consists of Christian Snowwhite- lead singer, Seth Joshua - bass, Thomas Amason - guitar, Dorman Panforder - drums, and Nathanael Boone - keyboard.

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
1. Keep It Coming
2. Sara
3. Candy
4. Passenger
5. Tease Me
6. Moses
7. Can't Stop
8. Sweet Thing
9. Party
10. Going Down
11. Waste
12. Open

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