Music » CD Reviews

CD Review: Lovedrug

Wild Blood (Street Talk)

comment

No surprise Lovedrug sound tougher than they did a few years ago. Despite several records filled with piano-anchored alt-rock, the Canton band never quite took off beyond its core audience. Wild Blood is a stab for mainstream acceptance: U2 and their stylistic followers are major influences on the album's reverb-soaked riffs, soaring choruses, and atmospheric verses. The album establishes Lovedrug as a solid adult-contemporary rock band, with a mature and emotionally resonant disposition (check out the triumphant and moody "Great Divide" and the moving "Ladders"). But the manicured production, monotonous textures, and plodding arrangements of songs like "Premonition" and "Your Country" also make Wild Blood disappointingly generic. — Annie Zaleski

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.