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.
1. Keep It Coming
5. Tease Me
7. Can't Stop
8. Sweet Thing
10. Going Down
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