11 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pure Love is the indie rock duo of Frank Carter (who fronted the British DIY punk band Gallows) and Jim Carroll (former guitarist of the Boston hardcore quartet The Hope Conspiracy). Pure Love reflects its moniker with uplifting, powerfully catchy guitar-propelled songs sprinkled with a dash of classic Brit-pop flavor. The opening song, “She (Makes the Devil Run Through Me),” sways and swaggers with Bernard Butler–toned guitar distortion, as Carter croons like Ian McCulloch fronting The Cult. In his higher vocal register, Carter’s inflections have more in common with The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins’ lower tonal range—especially in “Bury My Bones,” which shares some familiar riffs with The Darkness’ “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” Though the title track isn’t as anthemic as its name suggests, it does show sophisticated songwriting; it starts with a simmering, soulful strut as sultry parlor-piano notes provide a smoky, loungy atmosphere and Carter’s voice breaks up in lovelorn anguish. “Beach of Diamonds” is a great song to crank while waiting for Oasis to reform.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pure Love is the indie rock duo of Frank Carter (who fronted the British DIY punk band Gallows) and Jim Carroll (former guitarist of the Boston hardcore quartet The Hope Conspiracy). Pure Love reflects its moniker with uplifting, powerfully catchy guitar-propelled songs sprinkled with a dash of classic Brit-pop flavor. The opening song, “She (Makes the Devil Run Through Me),” sways and swaggers with Bernard Butler–toned guitar distortion, as Carter croons like Ian McCulloch fronting The Cult. In his higher vocal register, Carter’s inflections have more in common with The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins’ lower tonal range—especially in “Bury My Bones,” which shares some familiar riffs with The Darkness’ “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” Though the title track isn’t as anthemic as its name suggests, it does show sophisticated songwriting; it starts with a simmering, soulful strut as sultry parlor-piano notes provide a smoky, loungy atmosphere and Carter’s voice breaks up in lovelorn anguish. “Beach of Diamonds” is a great song to crank while waiting for Oasis to reform.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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