15 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ludo's fourth album borrows bravely from the cartoonish darkness of Oingo Boingo as frontman Andrew Volpe sings of skeletons, witches, curses, pirates, cyborgs, robots, leprechauns, grave-robbing lovers, and a cyclops, while his band plays quirky guitar-pop. "Too Tired to Wink" bounces on shadowy minor chords with a fractured fairytale feel as Volpe conveys that although he smells like a corpse, he's happy to be alive. In "Cyborgs vs. Robots" big rock riffs bolster novel vocoder-affected singing that recalls the robotic vocals on Midnight Star's 1983 hit "Freakazoid." The band takes a break from geeky fantasy to bust out "Whipped Cream," a catchy power-pop single of Fountains of Wayne proportions. The mellower "Manta Rays" floats on pedaling rhythms and romantic lyrics that somehow pulls off amorous sentiment with the imagery of flattened sea creatures.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ludo's fourth album borrows bravely from the cartoonish darkness of Oingo Boingo as frontman Andrew Volpe sings of skeletons, witches, curses, pirates, cyborgs, robots, leprechauns, grave-robbing lovers, and a cyclops, while his band plays quirky guitar-pop. "Too Tired to Wink" bounces on shadowy minor chords with a fractured fairytale feel as Volpe conveys that although he smells like a corpse, he's happy to be alive. In "Cyborgs vs. Robots" big rock riffs bolster novel vocoder-affected singing that recalls the robotic vocals on Midnight Star's 1983 hit "Freakazoid." The band takes a break from geeky fantasy to bust out "Whipped Cream," a catchy power-pop single of Fountains of Wayne proportions. The mellower "Manta Rays" floats on pedaling rhythms and romantic lyrics that somehow pulls off amorous sentiment with the imagery of flattened sea creatures.

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About Ludo

Indie rock band Ludo was formed in Tulsa, OK, in 2003 by Andrew Volpe, Tim Ferrell, Tim Convy, Marshall Fanciullo, and Matt Palermo; the group subsequently based itself in St. Louis, MO. It was in St. Louis that they recorded their self-titled debut album, released in 2003 on Redbird Records. The EP Broken Bride followed in 2005. In the fall of 2006, Ludo was signed to Island Records, part of the major label Universal Music. Working with producer Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Train, Faith No More), they recorded their label debut, You're Awful, I Love You, which was released on February 26, 2008, as they toured the Midwest, followed by coast-to-coast dates in March. ~ William Ruhlmann

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