Love Is All – Nine Times The Same Song Review

Love Is All
Nine Times That Same Song
[What’s Your Rupture?; 2006]
Rating: 8.5

I have been listening for the past few days to this LP by Swedish indie rock band Love Is All. I have to say that it is quite good. I got this album months ago before my departure and when my interest in indie rock spiked.

Supposedly bloggers and online media have been going nutty for this Swedish band. Ever since The Sounds, Kent and The Cardigans, I have always enjoyed Swedish bands.

There was a time in my life when I used to review 10 albums a day for my online e-zine called Horripilations. That project is dead, though I still have backups of all the reviews. I think there must have been close to 1000 reviews on there. The trouble is that they are all in French. Still, I might republish them again at some point to integrate that interest into The Memoirs.

At the time, I used to work full-time as a statistician and computer scientist for the Quebec government, in between having 2 radio shows on the weekend, a club night or a gig each Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Also, I wrote for the student paper of my university, covered the arts and music scene for them as well as for my radio station. And going to all the good DJ sets in the province of Quebec (Marco Bailey, Adam Beyer, Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Plastikman, the Liberators and others) as well as working as a international DJ greeter, I just got tired of it all. After I moved to Montreal, I spent 2 years not listening to any music at all.

Unlike Pitchfork Media’s review, I won’t really go and analyze the songs or their meanings.

I liked this bit off their website:

Most times, though, the lyrics hide deep in reverb; LIA’s most affecting turns are musical, and often extremely minimal. “Talk Talk Talk Talk” combines Daft Punk’s “one more time!” chorus mourning in monotone, Karen O’s “rich rich rich” snarl, James Chance sax skronk, and vicious call-and-response figures in support of the song’s only intelligible line: “Please just leave me alone.” But all that’s just a set-up for the band’s pregnant mid-song pause– they come back in a beat earlier than we expect– and the song’s tense last note, one half-step away from resolving. “Ageing Has Never Been His Friend” tones down the desperation and ups the dance with a bigger beat, bass octaves, and a happy-go-lucky sax line to underscore the song’s misplaced hopes that all things love will stay “fresh and young”: “I keep the one I love/ In the freezer.” By “Turn the Radio Off”, no more bang: The sax plays out of tune, guitarists pluck out the chords as if they’ve lost all patience, and Olausson delivers the frustrated refrain, “Hey world, I’ve had enough!”

I hadn’t really thought about that. When I listen to music, I rarely concentrate ont he lyrics, I listen to the music and melodies. Which is maybe why I enjoy IDM, minimal techno and hard techno so much. Speaking of hard techno, I have started listening to Marco Bailey again and researched a cool new numark mixer to mix directly off HDs. Another purchase for later next year to start spinning again. Contrary to before when I used to DJ at raves and after-hours clubs, I will mix all the electronics genres that I love together.

The LP of Love Is All is a collection of EPs that were released before. The most catchy tunes are Talk Talk Talk, Used Goods, Ageing Had Never Been His Friend and Turn The Radio Off. What is remarkable, is the voice of the singer Josephine Olausson mixed in with the trashy beats and reverb.

Think of indie rock but with a lot of punk in between and you’ll get Love Is All. The band has a saxophone player Fredrik Eriksson and it adds a nice touch, the riffs are relentless and constant. I really like about half of the songs of the LP, but that is common with a lot of artists.

Talk Talk Talk starts the LP with a bang, with the male chorus repeating One More Time a few times before the strange trashy voice of Olausson starts the song. The song is a bizarre cacophony of sounds that works really well. Turn The Radio Off is the 3rd song and slows the tempo a bit. It is almost a ballad. With Used Goods, the beat speeds up again, in which Olausson sympathizes with a stalker.  I love her strange Germanic accent. Strange because it isn’t hard enough to be German. And also, because I can hear a bit of a British accent in her voice.

I keep the one I love in the freezer, if you wish, I will let you tease her!

Olausson on Ageing Had Never Been His Friend

Ageing Had Never Been His Friend is one of the best tunes on the disc, with strange lyrics, a good melody and a relentless rhythm.

I love this quote:

Ms. Olausson’s lyrics accurately capture the feeling of being drunk…

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Author: range

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2 thoughts on “Love Is All – Nine Times The Same Song Review”

  1. “I love her strange Germanic accent.”
    Give me a break. She is from Sweden and so are the rest of the band members too.

  2. As I can see, you are clearly illiterate. If you had bothered to read the entire review, you will notice that the 1st sentence says

    I have been listening for the past few days to this LP by Swedish indie rock band Love Is All.

    Since the Swedish language is a North Germanic language, is appropriate to say Germanic accent, since in English, most people speaking German, Swedish, Danish or any other North Germanic or Germanic language will have a similar sounding accent. You probably have to either hear them speak clearly and/or be a linguist to tell from where people come specifically when hearing their accent.

    Can you tell a Swede from a German when they both speak English?

    From Wikipedia, to solve the problem of your ignorance:

    Swedish (svenska ) is a North Germanic language (also called Scandinavian languages) spoken predominantly in Sweden and in parts of Finland, especially along the coast and on the Åland islands, by more than nine million people. It is largely mutually intelligible with two of the other Scandinavian languages, Danish and Norwegian.

    And BTW, I rarely bother with haters like you, but I didn’t have a very good day, so there you go. Hope your new arsehole matches your old one.


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