Love Is All – A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night

November 24, 2008

loveisallSwedish band Love Is All’s second album A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night sounds suitably restless and more than a little frenetic: The 11 tracks contained here are a noisy fusion of punk rock, surf music, ska and New Wave pop, with any number of influences floating on the surface, Romeo Void, Sugarcubes, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Pylon and the B-52’s among them. Once it gets started, the album doesn’t slow down until “Giants Will Fall” and then two tracks later, “A More Uncertain Future,” both New Wave styled ballads by way of Phil Spector. Most of A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night is furious and frequently heavy on the dissonance, and I expect listeners will either hear an inspired mash-up of styles or an overly busy mishmash. I tend to hear the latter more than I hear the former, but I’d encourage listeners to listen to more than one track before making up your mind about Love Is All. Whatever you end up deciding about Love Is All and whether you find their music energizing or just exhausting, I think A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night is worth a listen, anyway. Standout cuts: “New Beginnings,” “Wishing Well,” “Big Bangs, Black Holes, Meteorites” and “19 Floors.”

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