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Album Review

Ian Love has a long history as a guitarist in bands — Burn, Die 116, Rival Schools, Cardia — but he has never stepped out as forcefully as he does here, often preferring to blend in with strong collaborators. In taking the spotlight himself, he sings, plays most of the instruments, and even engineers the disc. On his own, he proves to be a much more soft and melodic musician than he had seemed in the often punk and hard rock contexts of the groups he played with. The dominant instrument here is an acoustic guitar that chimes throughout, supported by swirling keyboards and modest but active percussion, all serving as a bed to Love's high-pitched, dreamy vocals. He sets the tone upfront with the love song "The Only Night," and though things get a little more energetic on some later tracks, the mood always remains light and positive. This album is going to be a surprise for anyone who has been a fan of Love's other bands, but that surprise may be a pleasant one from an artist who clearly has mellowed, or at least wants to present a very different side of himself performing under his own name for the first time.


Born: New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Ian Love was born and raised in New York City, where he got his first guitar at the age of 11. By his early teens, he was playing in a punk/hardcore band called Burn while attending the prestigious High School of Performing Arts. After a little over a year there, he quit school to go on tour, ending his formal education. From the ages of 17 to 23, he was addicted to heroin, which dominated his life although he also played in bands, notably handling bass guitar for the noise-rock group Die 116. At...
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