It's Like Love - You're Too Sweet for Rock & Roll
Record Label: Tragic Hero Records
Release Date: January 20th, 2009
It was inevitable that after releasing such a solid EP that It's Like Love would eventually get signed. Tragic Hero Records became the lucky home for the powerpop quintet back in August of '08 and now five months later, they're releasing their debut album, You're Too Sweet for Rock & Roll.
The aforementioned EP, I'm Selling Your Things, was a synth-driven trip into poppy melodies, catchy hooks and infectious vocals; it reminded me much of early Motion City Soundtrack. You're Too Sweet possesses some of the same qualities present in the EP but still manages to let the listener realize that this isn't the same It's Like Love from over a year and a half ago.
The band shows off their progression with tracks like "Untitled," a mellow acoustic song, and "Without You," the album's slowest song powered by piano throughout. However, songs such as "Devin, Don't Give Up" and "It's Not Me, It's You" (the album's opener) display their Motion City Soundtrack-esque musicianship which their earlier fans have grown accustomed to.
"You Put the Whore in Sorority" takes the band's catchiness to a whole new level as the song's chorus is one of the strongest in the band's catalog and arguably in the genre. It's Like Love also makes the un-surprising move of re-recording tracks from their EP to add to the full-length. The re-recorded tracks, "Keep Your Eyes On Me," "Alcohol Brings Out the Bedroom Eyes," and "So I Lied" may take a bit to warm up to for listeners who were used to the originals as I feel the band took away the zing that made them previously pop.
All in all, it's January; it's cold, and there's not too many things I'd rather do than to sit back with the heat on and listen to some music that reminds me of the Summer months. If you're like me - keep warm and give It's Like Love's You're Too Sweet for Rock & Roll a shot.
Well i bought the record and i felt it was disappointing. I think it sounds samey. To me the fact that one of, if not, the best song on the record is Untitled, which is nothing like any of their other songs, shows how bad this album is in comparison to the EP. A band reknowned for being catchy synth pop, and the best song is an acoustic track. Odd. I just think it could have been alot better, it's all just way to predictable for me, from the lyrics to the way it's sung and the way it's played. However, i'd still say it's better than alot of the stuff out there.
but somehow i feel like bands like this have been shot up my pop punk vein too many times before.
additionally, those songs titles are down right bad; which usually means the lyrics are probably pretty dumb.