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Album Review

It's not Saliva's fault that the times moved on and Saliva didn't — like many bands, they simply fell out of fashion as the years rolled on. Nevertheless, it's a bit of a shock to hear their fourth album, Blood Stained Love Story, and hear just how stuck in the late '90s the band is and not just because they still dabble in the rap-rock they built their reputation upon. That sound still bubbles to the surface throughout this record, but they also try to expand their horizons, usually through flourishes that sound like '90s heavy rock clichés that they haven't gotten around to yet. There are drop-D tunings; Nirvana rewrites, like the pretty catchy "Black Sheep"; earnest crossover post-grunge power ballads that bring to mind a less bombastic Creed ("Starting Over") or a rougher Third Eye Blind ("Never Gonna Change"); harmonies pulled off Alice in Chains records; even slight electronica colorings to set the mood, and the whole thing is wrapped up in an album that feels like a pseudo concept album along the lines of Marilyn Manson's Holy Wood, even if it never quite manages to tell a story. These are all qualities that make Blood Stained Love Story float outside of time, as if it were a record designed to rule the charts in 2000 instead of 2007, but even as Saliva try to reconnect with the heavy rock of their first albums — even reuniting with their first producer, Bob Marlette — they can't escape the fact that they sound like a band that has been toiling away for a decade, turning into professionals along the way. There's not much hunger here, but there is precision, along with a creeping sense of maturity in how they polish their craft and now sound more comfortable with power ballads than they do with hard rockers.

Customer Reviews

First Review!

I have done quite a few reviews on new rock albums and all of them seem to repeat that the band has either changed thier style completely or tone it down. This is true of Blood Stained Love Story to an extent. The lyrics are more powerful and the screecing guitar and pounding bass is tone down just a bit, but overall an great album!! I definately recommend it to Saliva fans and all fans of modern rock!!!

Saliva? Really?

When I heard that Saliva was coming out with a new album I was bloody psyched to say the least! I couldn't wait until it dropped but then when it came out and I bought it here on iTunes, I was really surprised. The title of the album threw me off a bit but I thought that that meant the album would be filled with some really hardcore head banger songs about love and loss, boy was I surprised. Sure there are a few really hard tracks on the album like Black Sheep, Ladies & Gentlemen, King of the Stereo, and Broken Sunday but there are also some softer ones such as Never Gonna Change, Starting Over, and Here With You. Those softer ones are the songs that threw me the most, I had no clue that they had the ability to do soft songs like that but I was throughly impressed. Fans of pure hard rock might not enjoy this album as much as others due to the few hardcore songs but its still worth listening to, even with the softer songs on it. This band has a tremendous amount of talent and I applaud them for the great job they've done on this album, while it doesn't exactly fall in line with most of their music that I've heard, it still stands out on its own.

Only 10 songs??

All right, so this definately is not Saliva's best album. And I am a little upset that they decided to disappear for a while, only to come back with a wimpy 10 songs. But the album isn't terrible. Yes, this album isn't exactly what Saliva's known for--heavy, heavy, in-your-face, rock and roll. But it's still a good CD musically. It seems that they tried to get back the feeling of "Back In Your System" with some slower, more melodious songs. If you're only looking for their hard rock stuff, then buy the first track, "Ladies and Gentlemen," and be done with it.


Formed: 1996 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although formed in September 1996, Saliva didn't hit the mainstream until 2001, when the band's mix of angsty hard rock and hip-hop helped earn a double-platinum certification for its sophomore album, Every Six Seconds. Two of the album's songs had already appeared on Saliva's self-released debut, which was issued in 1997 on the band's own label. Singer Josey Scott, guitarists Chris Dabaldo and Wayne Swinny, bassist Dave Novotny, and drummer Paul Crosby were all veterans of the Memphis music scene,...
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