Love American
Disquiet


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
June 1st, 2012 | 284 replies | 14,918 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With its debut full-length, Love American has evolved into the band that it's been hinting at all along.

Love American, an emotional/post-hardcore band from California, is very much a group that you want to believe in; a genuine symbol of a genre that creates music for expression, and expression alone. For the past couple of years, Love Americanâ€"like many other of its ilkâ€"have been playing shows and releasing material here and there, but for seemingly different reasons than trying to get “out there.” Here is the amicable appeal, as the band’s debut album Disquiet is painfully genuine, feeling like the passionate and amorous outing that the band has been building towards.

Disquiet, despite being released a little over a year after the band’s self-titled EP, marks a dramatic shift in the band’s sound. Retaining the same post-hardcore/screamo mixture seen in bands like Pianos Become the Teeth and Envy, Love American is relatively still the same band, but it has made a lot of strides to maturate its sound. Most notable is the new vocalist, Adam Thomas, who was and still is the lead guitarist. His gruff and crass style feels welcome here, sharing similarities with vocals from Suis La Lune. Another change comes in the form of Thomas yet again, but this time in regards to his guitar playing. While his work on Love American was impressive as hell, it did little to expand the band’s sound. Ultimately felt unrefined at times, sounding like Thomas Erak, but without genuinely feeling a part of the music. However, on Disquiet, Thomas and Hans truly shine. Instead of feeling like a gimmicky coating, the guitar work here feels absolutely vital. Less time is spent in the forefront which goes a long way in making his work seem like an organic and natural component.

In regards to songwriting, Love American has brought a lot to the table this time around. Opening up with “Waves,” said song hearkens back to a very dramatic sound employed by bands such as Envy and Funeral Diner. The song starts off with a slow, atmospheric tremolo picked section and slowly swells into a bolder, vocal heavy portion. Stephen, the bassist and Ryan the drummer also shine here, as their inputs give the song even more vibrancy. The remainder of the record actually contains an impressive amount of variation. Shifting between bouts of standard hardcore and atmospheric emo, Disquiet features a bevy of different sounds, but feels wholly cohesive. Even the extended instrumental portions are played off as completely necessary, culminating in an admirably well thought out record.

As the Love American’s debut full-length, Disquiet is a glowing success. The changes in style and presentation have paid off in spades, and the album is very lively and exciting thanks to some very smart songwriting choices. The production could be better, as every so often a muddy section rears its head, but this in no way detracts from the overall experience. With each EP and split, Love American has been hinting at true greatness, and here it has arrived.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
June 1st 2012



10592 Comments


This is streaming, everyone knows it. I'm not posting a link.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
June 1st 2012



10592 Comments


I just realized that the band may appreciate a stream posting so nix the previous comment:

http://loveamerican.bandcamp.com/releases

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2012



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lol

Anyways this was pretty cool, although not really my kind of genre.

Good review as always Xeno.

Digging: Vessel - Punish, Honey

Xenophanes
Emeritus
June 1st 2012



10592 Comments


Thanks many. This is actually my kind of genre exactly haha.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2012



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Idk, instrumentally it's really good. I just can't stand the screams.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2012



7322 Comments


Enjoyed the EP's so I will check out.

Review has a few errors but you can't do anything about them so w/e.

MichaelSnoxall
June 1st 2012



12163 Comments


There's some nice bass on this album.

someguest
June 1st 2012



20393 Comments


I'll check this out soon. It better be awesome, Mr. Thomas.

Digging: Your Old Droog - Your Old Droog

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2012



23801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i'd be pretty cool to see this get a feature actually

Tyrael
June 1st 2012



20798 Comments


the mastering job is awful but yes this is pretty cool

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2012



17204 Comments


i like the mastering job tbh. the production is far from clean in both the mixing job and the mastering but it makes it sound like an old Thursday record which is kinda cool.

ThunderNeutral21
June 1st 2012



3864 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

adam thomas

digging- adam thomas

full of yourself aint ya?

Wolfhorde
June 1st 2012



12879 Comments


Oh shit, here it goes. Better grab the popcorn.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2012



17204 Comments


I got nothing to say.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2012



18241 Comments


progmaster sucks

Digging: Syndrone - Salmataxia

alachlahol
June 1st 2012



7477 Comments


dude redsky do you drive around blasting your own bands music

Scoot
June 1st 2012



17715 Comments


"full of yourself aint ya?"

posted on june 1st 2012 by craig hoberman

Wolfhorde
June 1st 2012



12879 Comments


The irony..

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2012



17204 Comments


not at all. it's weird listening to my own music and i prefer not to unless im practicing along to it or checking it over during demoing/mixing etc.

Captain North
June 1st 2012



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A lot better than the original EP, it's a lot more mature and coherent. But ultimately not even slightly original whilst lacking any dramatic or emotional pay off to make up for it.



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