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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.

Customer Reviews

Exceeds High Expectations

Ian Love is a novel culmination of so many sounds you probably already love. He feels familiar, even though he is brand-spanking new. His sound can be defined by multi-layered vocals, fluttery acoustic guitar, warm piano, and humble percussion--all of which is expertly blended and served up fresh. The album is a one-size-fits-all. If you are a fan of of Ian Love you are probably also into (or ought to be if you are not): Anything crafted by Benjamin Gibbard, Teitur, Imogen Heap, Air, Iron & Wine, Keane, Jason Mraz, Xavier Rudd, Coldplay, Grandaddy, and even Aqualung. I'm not just throwing names out there to look impressive; pretty little hints of each of these worthy inspirations show up one way or another in Ian Love's self-titled album. His music covers a huge, though masterfully controlled, range in a relatively short LP. Buy Ian Love with high expectations. He is sure to surprise you anyway.

What's not to Love? That's a pun.

This is truly an amazing record!! It will take you to a magical place where gnomes worship butterflies and dragons feed on rainbows. When I listened to the album all the way through for the first time, it made me feel like Atreyu riding on Falcor for the first time (The Never Ending Story). Sorry for such ridiculous examples, its just that this debut is otherworldly and needs to be heard to be understood!!

Great Record!

I sat next to Ian's mother on a plane and she mentioned her son was a musician. What a cool mom! We were sitting next to a woman who was having some anxiety issues over flying. Ian's mom was a trooper! After the flight I checked him out on iTunes and was ecstatic to hear such melodic insightful songs. This music is incredibly moving and "it's not over" as far as me being a new fan of Ian Love.


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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