Friday, July 16, 2010

Love Language exceeds itself on second album

The Love Language blends the classic sounds of doo-wop and surf rock into its breezy sophomore album, "Libraries."

The symphonic quality of album opener "Pedals" remains throughout much of the record, often resembling Phil Spector's Wall of Sound technique. Strings bring heavy drama to "This Blood Is Our Own" and Stuart McLamb's deep vocals balance the celestial lightness of "Blue Angel."

In all of its mellifluous resonance, the album also remains loyal to its era, providing ample drums in "Brittany's Back" and rocking the keys in "Anthophobia." Concise at only 10 songs, "Libraries" fits perfectly among soundtracks for a springtime afternoon or summer night.

The Love Language performs at Seattle's Showbox at the Market 8 p.m. Sept. 24 with Local Natives and the Union Line. Advance tickets are $16; purchase here.

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