lovechild
In Heaven, Everything is Fine


4.0
excellent

Review

by Multifarious USER (14 Reviews)
January 6th, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Perfectly pissed off songs that last the length of a good piss.

The primary struggle of any punk band is crafting distinct tracks within typically compact song lengths. For Boston based Lovechild, an offshoot of the now defunct band Cerce, this challenge was seemingly never a necessary worry, demonstrated clearly by their excellent debut, In Heaven, Everything is Fine. Over eleven tracks and twelve minutes, Lovechild proves that striking detail can be easily etched on a miniature canvas.

Detail is truly the key word here. Even though the entire album’s tone is aggression without restraint, Lovechild’s attention to tempo and pace allow for the energy to build and releases in an engaging balance. The clear standout is “Oh Love,” which seamlessly builds from a muted musing into explosive pit-fuel. While the run time seemingly suggests a constant barrage of speed, half of the songs are slowed down, and their placement only enhances their well-crafted compositions. Fifty second weapons “I’m Always Waking Up at Sunrise” and “One Bar of Xanax” both showcase fine examples of sneering mid-paced punk. It could even be argued with relative ease that the most violent and derisive tracks are those where the snare is hit with a shotgun instead of an assault rifle.

The man behind that snare, Patrick Talesfore, Jr., is by far the greatest asset to In Heaven, Everything is Fine. On every track, his varied and thorough kit-work acts as a driving force that pumps up the intensity of every other instrumental element. It certainly helps that his percussion’s production quality (particularly with the cymbals and toms) sounds absolutely tremendous. What territory Talesfore could explore with more song time is a tantalizing thought.

Which brings up the only, and somewhat obvious, issue that In Heaven, Everything is Fine has: duration. Seeing as Lovechild can clearly write a multi-faceted song, it would be nice to have a couple of tracks on their sophomore release broach the two minute mark. Additionally, the track “Perfectionist (Perfectionism),” while great, contains an audio sample that feels unnecessary. Its inclusion burns close to a minute on an album that’s already too short, and the subject matter of Hinduism and the Bhagavad Gita feels out of place with the nature of the album.

This is largely nitpicking however, as In Heaven, Everything is Fine is a strong debut for Lovechild. Any fan of punk with twelve minutes of free time has not a single excuse to let this record slip by unappreciated.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iflyte
January 6th 2014


34 Comments


Looks like a twinkly emo album cover

pmmets07
January 7th 2014


5984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

werd

SadAndHolyGlow
January 7th 2014


1615 Comments


Nice review.

Multifarious
January 7th 2014


97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SadAndHolyGlow: Thanks a lot.

Adabelle
January 7th 2014


4423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I need to hear this, solid review

Multifarious
January 7th 2014


97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Adabelle: Thanks a lot, definitely check out the stream linked here on Sputnik.

SadAndHolyGlow
January 7th 2014


1615 Comments


No problem, man.

ShitsofRain
January 7th 2014


8166 Comments


nice review

Pheromone
January 7th 2014


7350 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Really can't get into this

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Multifarious
January 7th 2014


97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ShitsofRain: Thanks a lot.

MartinBright
January 11th 2014


48 Comments


I love HC but this sucks

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2014


26195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah this is real good

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dimsim3478
January 30th 2014


8504 Comments


Band shouted out this review on their Facebook.

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ShitsofRain
January 30th 2014


8166 Comments


lovechild crew

jredmond
March 18th 2014


224 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

chill eraserhead reference.

cryptside
May 22nd 2014


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Idk, I like this quite a bit. Very nice review.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2014


26195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like it too, DONT APOLOGIZE FOR THE WAY YOU FEEL

cryptside
May 23rd 2014


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^lol

ShitsofRain
January 21st 2015


8166 Comments


too bad they doesn't exist anymore



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