Love Ends Disaster! - City Of Glass

Comparisons have been drawn to Talking Heads and Sonic Youth, and it’s really not hard to see why.

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Released 27 Jul 2010 | | By Martin Guttridge-Hewitt | Rating: 4
Love Ends Disaster! - City Of Glass

Strobe lights illuminate a manic frontman unhinged by frantic indie riffs and an intelligent lyrical irony. Crescendo follows crescendo, while a melancholic undertone works up the atmosphere.

It might sound like a Joy Division gig, but it’s actually the imagery that comes to mind during the midst of this wholly impressive outing from Nottingham’s Love Ends Disaster! In short - it's a no holes barred, gritted teeth rock album that still finds the time for balladry and crowd pleasing choruses.

From the chimes that so beautifully peter out into spiraling chords on the eponymous opening track, there’s enough British Sea Power to be more than a little surprised when the bassline of distorted half-beat roller ‘Killer Bombs’ arrives three tracks later. A veritable wall of sound, the use of peaks, troughs and staccato rhythms are far from disappointing changes to the pace.

After the short and sweetly ambient interlude that is ‘The Rudiments of Piano Playing’, and the big room accessibility of ‘Ladders’, the East Midlanders deliver some truly imaginative songwriting. Lunging between heartfelt retrospect and madness, ‘Untitled Dream #4’, with its metaphorical narrative form and spiraling pianos, is arguably the best moment on here, and is nothing short of a joy to hear.

From here on in anyone with working ears should be sold. But while the digital messaging of ‘Knight Takes Queen’, and the realist’s theatrical piano solo ‘Sunday November 19th 1978’ can be left for people to discover themselves, it’d be a crime to do the same with ‘This Song’.

A scathing bite at the industry and society, set to undeniably catchy yet nonetheless challenging rock anger, it summarises the album and brings this review back to its beginning. Comparisons have been drawn to Talking Heads and Sonic Youth, and it’s really not hard to see why.