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Album Review

Though the cover art and photos suggests more of a late-'60s fetish, what the Lovemakers are after is from a different decade: the '80s. Wearing influences unabashedly on their sleeve from acts like the Human League, Alphaville, and the Cure, among many others, the San Francisco trio's major label debut, reworking a couple of songs from their self-titled debut, couldn't be more well-timed given the emergence of general retromania in the early 2000s. Still, intent is one thing and success is another, but thankfully, unlike some truly atrocious trend-hopping releases out there Times of Romance works because the trio blends in good humor and exuberance without making everything a camp exercise. (At least, not entirely — lines like "Gonna Find"'s "Pressed up to my robot's cheek" definitely have tongue deep in said cheek.) Opening track "Prepare for the Fight," which reappears in remixed form at the end, captures this well — the romantic sentiments of the lyrics are slyly challenged by the title, while the crisp surge of the music, with guitarist Scott Blonde handing off vocals to bassist Lisa Light for the chorus, aims for the anthemic and scores. The whole record is happily love- and sex-obsessed, but the way the band works it can be surprisingly deft — "Is It Alright?" touches on everything from passionate dreams to (possibly) creepy stalking with a brilliant chorus and lovely guitars, while "We Should Be Taking Our Clothes Off" is a classic portrayal of frustration (follow-up line to the title: "But here we are instead"). Meantime there's the near-perfect call to the dancefloor "Shake That Ass," which starts with a groove not far removed from the Electric Six before Light kicks in with robot vocals for the chorus while Blonde trots out a surprisingly great falsetto. The album drags at points — having established a great formula, sometimes there's not enough variety on the band's part to make extended listening memorable — but taken in doses nearly everything succeeds in one way or another.

Customer Reviews

my favorite band

I think I've seen the Lovemakers perform dozens of times since 2003, when I first discovered them. I never get bored with their shows. Each one puts a huge grin on my face and makes me dance like a madwoman. If you ever get a chance to see this band live, I *highly* suggest you do so. I've never heard of someone not liking them. I was so excited when Times of Romance finally came out. It was everything I hoped it would be. Just like their shows, I can listen to this album over and over again and never get tired of it. This album is a big synthpop stew with rock, hip hop, even (exquisite) violin thrown in for a flavor that everyone can love and dance to.

Addictive!!! BUY THIS THING!!!

Not only does this band grow on you, but they are definitely addictive. This band shows promise for great things if they continue on this path. I've read some of the other reviews, and I have to disagree with those comparing The Lovemakers with The Killers. To the ear untrained in new-wave/next-wave music, they might at first bear some resemblance to the likes of The Killers, The Bravery or even Stellastarr*. But this band is very much its own (as all the afore mentioned bands have very much their own style within this music phenomenon). And they lack the obnoxious, over produced, over processed feel that one finds in the Killers upon closer inspection. Bottom line: BUY THIS THING. Buy it now. Don't buy one song...because you're going to like it so much that you'll end up buying the whole thing.

Great new band

Saw this band open for Veruca Salt a couple nights ago....fantastic set, great sound. Excellent stage presence. THis band oozes sexuality and really gets the blood and crowd pumping.

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Chic, dance-friendly, and shot through with mischievous sex appeal, Bay Area indie rockers the Lovemakers earned a dedicated local following in the early 2000s thanks in no small part to their sultry image. Lisa Light and Scott Blonde met in Oakland, CA, in 2002 via Blonde's manager, whom Light was dating. Light ditched the manager for Blonde and joined his band, Applesaucer, before the year was out. The chemistry between the two was evidently too much for the band to handle, however, and the two...
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