The Loved Ones [US]
Build & Burn


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Greer EMERITUS
January 25th, 2008 | 31 replies | 8,569 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A punk album that chooses its influences well.

The Loves Ones - Build & Burn

Usually, when a label sends me a promo copy of an album for review, I just throw out press packets (just kidding no I don't). The typical fare is to build up the artist with all sorts of exclamatory and inflated language and punctuation. However, the first sentence on my press packet for The Loved Ones' new album Build & Burn actually snagged me (see I do read them come on I'm a good reviewer guys).

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vanessa from Fat Wreck
For as much as punk rock is about breaking down the barriers we build around ourselves, it's a challenge to be a "people's punk band" when the scene that spawned you wants to stay inside its walls forever.
That above quotation is a perfectly concise way of summing up why people hate to love and love to hate important or high profile punk bands like AFI, Against Me!, Rancid, Bad Religion, Rise Against, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, etc. The truth of it is, some of the most popular bands in every genre are the best. They transcend the boundaries of pleasing casual listeners as well as diehard fans. It's true of Tool, Rage Against the Machine, and Deftones for the 90s nu-metal scene and it's certainly true of Fat Wreck's melodic punk bands since the late 80s and early 90s. Such bands manage to be peoples' champions but also break down the aforementioned barriers. And while I wouldn't elevate The Loved Ones to the legendary status of a band like NOFX, on their new album Build & Burn, they certainly do fulfill the lofty claims of the press packet by expanding beyond pop punk without sacrificing any musical quality.

Build & Burn feels like a mix of new Hot Water Music, old Alkaline Trio, and even at the most mainstream of times, The Foo Fighters. I'd also locate them somewhat close to American Steel's new album Destroy Their Future if only for American Steel's newer, more polished sound. There is something that is charmingly meat & potatoes to their overall aesthetic. They have their more earnest pop-punk moments ("Pretty Good Year"), their more blue-collar, all-American rock moments ("3rd Shift"), and their easygoing folk/country moments ("Louisiana"). The end result is an amalgam of simple but likable styles. They don't have the sardonic edge of a band that mixes similar ingredients like Against Me!, but they have a amicability to their general style. You want to like The Loved Ones. There is something in Dave Hause's slightly gravelly and impassioned vocals that is inviting to punk fans, particularly ones like myself who are somewhat over-the-hill and want to hear the classic sounds of the past but through a new lens.

However, this leads me to my biggest issue with this album; it is the sum of its parts and not much more, and The Loved Ones wear their influences loud and proud on their sleeves. On any given song, I can practically hear Chuck Ragan or Tom Gabel singing, and Matt Skiba throwing in some octave guitar melodies. These guys, though likable, produce token punk music. The songs themselves feel fresh and original, but as a whole, the album is certainly a rehashing. And while maybe rehashing is a big drawback, the fact that The Loved Ones invoke some of the best punk bands of the past ten years is welcoming. That and some moments on the album are beautiful even to make punk idols blush. The bridge and outro on "Louisana" alone could make even the most original punk maestro wish he had thought that one up himself. At the end of the day, The Loved Ones, are still a "people's punk band" but they have a few elements and passages to help them "break down the barriers" of punk's often rigid inclusiveness.



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Intransit
January 25th 2008



2797 Comments


I'm looking forward to this and seeing the band in February.

Good review, it was a breeze to read. I'm shocked you like this but in a good way.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
January 26th 2008



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's just a good punk/rock album.

spoon_of_grimbo
January 26th 2008



2240 Comments


there's something about this band - people either hate them for "just being another pop-punk band," or love them for being a really, really good pop-punk band that plays the style well and without pretence.

i gotta say, i fall into the latter camp, and i can't wait for this album, i loved "keep your heart" and the EP. liking the review too, very short, but seemed to say a hell of a lot in a small space.

Killed4less
January 26th 2008



328 Comments


This sounds pretty cool and that was an excellent review.

-Oh by the way DFel let me know when you might have time to talk about Williams. If you're busy it's cool but just let me know, I should be AIM available most weekday afternoons.This Message Edited On 01.26.08

PhoenixRising
January 27th 2008



277 Comments


I'll check this out. I liked Keep Your Heart.

pogostick1
January 30th 2008



42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hmm
i thought we were not allowed to review something till its comes out in the USA (unless its already out?)

regardless, good review and i agree on the rating too

ToWhatEnd
February 1st 2008



3172 Comments


But when you get on Staff it comes with perks, that being one of them. I'm also surprised you like this. I saw these guys open for Rise Against in August of 05 I believe. Pretty good act live but their older records never appealed to me. Sarah's Game was an enjoyable tune though.

TimeToTurnTheTide
February 2nd 2008



208 Comments


Good review. I often reject reviewing similar "good punk" records because i feel it is difficult to say anything which hasnt already been said a hundred times before.

This review closely resembles my own opinions too. Good job

CushMG15
February 2nd 2008



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like what I've heard off of this album, courtesy of the listening party. I'll probably check this out. Review's nice and short, which is nice change of pace.

DWittisarockstar
February 3rd 2008



1501 Comments


This sounds interesting. I'll check this out eventually.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2008



2634 Comments


I quite liked this. First half is stronger than the second.

pogostick1
February 9th 2008



42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty good year
the inquirer
the bridge
sarah's game

imo are the best four tracks, and they are the first 4, so i agree!

cannsawxcore
July 21st 2008



7 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Didn't see much in it, unfortunately, buy Keep Your Heart rocked.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 21st 2008



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just started relistening. Still pretty great.

SpinLightTwo
July 21st 2008



1025 Comments


I really really enjoy what I've heard.

Kiran
Emeritus
August 20th 2008



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your comment in my Gaslight review enticed me to get this and it's solid as hell. Great album so far. Thanks for that.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 30th 2008



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really just had to up my rating. This is so great.

CushMG15
October 3rd 2008



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yo Nick, any chance you could hit me up with this? I'm not on AIM much, but if I am...I probably could ask you then...yeah. Go Brewers.This Message Edited On 10.04.08

CushMG15
October 6th 2008



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nevermind, I have no further use for you. Cd is great fun tho.

Bleak123
December 22nd 2008



1902 Comments


Gonna check this out today/tomorrow, better be good Nick Greer!



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