Locksley
Be In Love


2.5
average

Review

by Rudy K. STAFF
January 25th, 2010 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I've found that a hit record is like a stew. All the ingredients have to come together just right. Otherwise, it's just a soup."

In the 1996 film That Thing You Do!, Tom Hanks, playing a sharp band manager in rock ‘n roll’s glory days, tells the neophyte band he’s just taken under his wing: “I don’t want any of this lover’s lament crap. I want something peppy, happy, something up-tempo. I want something snappy.” Besides being a fantastic film, That Thing You Do! is an excellent look into the kind of fracturing effect rapid fame can do to a band whose success is predicated on a one-hit wonder – the kind of one-hit wonders that admittedly sell a ton of records, but whose generally vapid nature lend little to no longevity to the artists’ themselves. Like the Wonders themselves, Wisconsin four-piece Locksley caught the public (i.e. MTV) eye with their second album Don’t Make Me Wait, making a fair amount in endorsement deals and television rotation. It’s perhaps telling, then, that the release of their third album finds the band still unsigned, with few long-term prospects other than residuals and the recent news that the band is delaying Be In Love (released already in Japan) yet again. It’s hardly any fault of the band’s own – they take Mr. Hanks’ admonishment to heart again and again on their debut record and Be In Love, making a fairly capable power-pop record that, unfortunately for Locksley, fails to distinguish itself in any way from its contemporaries or, even worse, its long-gone influences.

It’s clear from opener “Love You Too” that what you hear is, by and large, what you’re going to be getting, and don’t you expect anything more. Besides mimicking the Beatles’ classic “Love Me Do,” the band’s sprightly mix of effervescent guitars, bouncy drums, and vocalist Jesse Laz’s faux-British accent do everything in their power to take us back to the flower power days, a time when, to paraphrase another film, “people [were] still having promiscuous sex with many anonymous partners while at the same experimenting with mind-expanding drugs in a consequence-free environment . . . smashing, baby!”

Groovy Locksley certainly are; their Beatles/Kinks/Beach Boys pastiche is in fine form on a number of songs here, particularly the ridiculously smooth and catchy “Days of Youth” and the herky-jerk sing-a-long rhythm of “The Whip.” But it seems like the drums are always about to go into double-time overdrive, that the guitars are always going to be wailing on syncopated power chords, that Laz is at any moment going to tear off his mask and reveal a time-traveling John Lennon who never made it past Beatles for Sale and never wanted to. Namely, that everything is continually reminiscent of the kind of jangly power-pop that never bothers to delve into anything deeper than skin-deep matters. And that is largely the reason for Locksley’s inability to succeed beyond TV commercials and the occasional MTV soundtrack – hell, even the songs that call to mind other bands (the Raconteurs on “On Fire,” for example) still tell one nothing about Locksley themselves, besides the fact that they might have an unhealthy fascination with Ray Davies.

It’s this lack of identity that dooms Be In Love from the start – no matter how pleasant the songs themselves are (and, like every ‘60s pop classic, there’s plenty of stuff to enjoy here), it just sounds like we’re listening to a carbon copy of some long-lost ‘60s artifact, one as alienated from 2010 as it is fundamentally different from anything released in 1966. As another character so aptly notes in That Thing You Do!: “I’ve found that a hit record is like a stew. All the ingredients have to come together just right. Otherwise, it’s just a soup.” Locksley have all the ingredients they should need – note-perfect four-part harmonies, a knack for a hook, a tangible sense of joy. It’s just that they lack the right mixture, the kind that will eventually cause people to perk up and say, “hey, that’s Locksley, right?” rather than “what track off the Nuggets compilation is this one?”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
klap
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


10577 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

been watching too many movies lately

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


17230 Comments


they stole from the brits and gave to hipster kids stateside.

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


10577 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

a good alternate summary

Ponton
Emeritus
January 25th 2010


5819 Comments


Powerful review, Rudy. Loved the last sentence too.

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Gyromania
January 25th 2010


16088 Comments


I enjoyed their debut, there were some really infectuous tracks.

DiceMan
January 25th 2010


7068 Comments


Yes it was a good review. For some reason I thought you were staff. Silly me.

MassiveAttack
January 25th 2010


2688 Comments


^ Gottem mwuahahhaha =(

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


10577 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks everyone, ten points to those who can name the film the second quote is from

MassiveAttack
January 25th 2010


2688 Comments


First Austin Powers, the last 2 words gave that shit away.

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


10577 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah i almost didn't include but it wasn't the same haha. just bought the whole trilogy, CLASSIC

MassiveAttack
January 25th 2010


2688 Comments


Third was meh.

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


10577 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

indeed, but the first two make up for it

AggravatedYeti
January 25th 2010


7685 Comments


And if I know you you're doin' that thing,
Every day just doin' that thing,
I can't take you doing that thing you doo-oooo-oo-oooooo!

DiceMan
January 25th 2010


7068 Comments


She's a Fembot!

Ivana Humpalot (I think?) was one of the funniest parts. I haven't seen those movies in a long while. I SHOULD rewatch them but I'll probably not do it.

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


10577 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"how do you think we stay warm in russia"
"i have an idea"
"we play chess"

"...i was wrong"

DiceMan
January 25th 2010


7068 Comments


Hahaha yup. Was so epic I almost wet myself (metaphorically of course).

Kiran
Emeritus
January 26th 2010


6002 Comments


i wouldnt call that thing you do a fantastic film

(awesome review)

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2010


10577 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

don't hate nils

Kiran
Emeritus
January 26th 2010


6002 Comments


the song does rule though

MassiveAttack
January 26th 2010


2688 Comments


Its not a fantastic movie, but it has a certain charm about it. It doesn't take itself seriously and it is pretty good entertainment.



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