15 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lovelorn, life-worn pop maestro Stuart McLamb continues his musical archeology, sifting vintage sounds from Brian Wilson to Phil Spector through a filter of contemporary artists like Rufus Wainwright and Atlas Sound. On his second effort as The Love Language, McLamb has found his groove and some sunlight. He brightens up the sound yet tempers the tunes with enough indie rock quirkiness to keep any “homage” tendencies from getting overly ripe. The grandiose, Spector-ish boom of “Pedals” is a heady delight. The deliriously peppy “Heart to Tell” has enough effervescent handclaps, percussion, and guitars to make a dysfunctional relationship sound like perfection, while the swaying, swaggering “Brittany’s Back” beautifully juxtaposes a few lines of fingerpicked acoustic guitar against a huge wall of pop sound. Echoing kickdrums, guitars (acoustic, electric and steel), sparkling webs of tambourines and synths, glockenspiels, and strings all make appearances. But the standout instrument may be McLamb’s voice, as warm and easy as maple syrup on Sunday.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lovelorn, life-worn pop maestro Stuart McLamb continues his musical archeology, sifting vintage sounds from Brian Wilson to Phil Spector through a filter of contemporary artists like Rufus Wainwright and Atlas Sound. On his second effort as The Love Language, McLamb has found his groove and some sunlight. He brightens up the sound yet tempers the tunes with enough indie rock quirkiness to keep any “homage” tendencies from getting overly ripe. The grandiose, Spector-ish boom of “Pedals” is a heady delight. The deliriously peppy “Heart to Tell” has enough effervescent handclaps, percussion, and guitars to make a dysfunctional relationship sound like perfection, while the swaying, swaggering “Brittany’s Back” beautifully juxtaposes a few lines of fingerpicked acoustic guitar against a huge wall of pop sound. Echoing kickdrums, guitars (acoustic, electric and steel), sparkling webs of tambourines and synths, glockenspiels, and strings all make appearances. But the standout instrument may be McLamb’s voice, as warm and easy as maple syrup on Sunday.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

HappyButOnMyWay ,

Great Follow Up

Okay so its not as good as the first album that Stu wrote, but its still great. The first album was about as close to perfect as an album can be. This is a sophmore effort from Stu and you should buy the whole album not just one song. If you're looking for a rocker like the song Sparxxx then look no further than Heart to Tell. This is sonically and lyricaly a great album.

harcourtguitar ,

an addictive excursion in melody and harmony

Imagine Roy Orbison, Rick Nelson, the Beach Boys and the Shirelles blended into a stew (or, in this case, a Stu....as in singer/songwriter/guitarist Stu McLamb) cooked up by Phil Spector (or, in this case, producer/lead guitarist BJ Burton), with modern garnishes like pounding percussion, tasteful distortion and feedback with a dash of garage band lo-fi thrown in.....that's what you have with The Love Language's second cd, "Libraries." It's a highly addictive excursion in melody and harmony, rooted in the 60's classic era of pop's Wall of Sound. Beyond the production qualities, though, is a work of art strong in imagery, poetics and passion about, yes......Love. Like all great art, this music is a language unto it's own.....you can't really describe it accurately through words....you have to experience it....just like....well...Love.

Music Theorist ,

Libraries

In my point of view, it's better than the first album.
The album was actually recorded in a studio, so it doesn't sound unclear, unlike there self-titled album.
You get the recorded songs on this album, but you also get free demos of their main tracks..if you enjoy the old classic sound of The Love Language's first LP.
In my opinion, their first album was more pop. This album has a more country/rock sound.
Indeed, Their first album was a perfect pop album, and it was one of my all-time favorites to select on my ipod or stereo...
but this album surpasses in all ways possible.
Stuart Mclamb continues to show his huge influence with Phil Spector's "Wall Of Sound".
He somehow creates a brilliant new sound, with songs like "Anthophobia" & "Summer Dust" but keeps the old sound of The Love Language, like "Heart To Tell" & "Brittany's Back".
In the end, it still keeps the lovable "since the start" fans with joy and allows new listeners to fall in love.

1. Pedals 8/10
2. Brittany's Back 8/10
3. This Blood Is Our Own 8.5/10
4. Summer Dust 9.5/10
5. Blue Angel 9.5/10
6. Heart to Tell 10/10
7. Anthophobia 11/10 : it deserves more than a 10.
8. Horophones 9/10
9. Wilmont 8/10
10. This Room 9.5/10

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