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Pretend You're Alive
Lovedrug
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Reviewed: 8/10/2004 by Chad


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Out of the Ohio comes one of the most unique and hauntingly intriguing albums of the year. Reminiscent of Remy Zero and Ours, Lovedrug’s abstract lyrics, are equally captivating, and complimented perfectly by the bands strong musicianship. Formed in June of 2002, Lovedrug is the brainchild of Michael Shepard and Adam Ladd. The lyrics and distinct vocals of Shepard are what truly set the band apart, especially on some of the piano ballads that find the band at its strongest. Most notable is the current single “Spiders” which has brilliantly crafted lyrics, and a perfect melody for Shepard’s higher pitched vocals. The band also impresses on tracks like “Rocknroll” and “Blackout” both which showcase the band’s strong musicianship. For fans of this style of music, Lovedrug is definitely a solid choice, but Lovedrug may be hard pressed to gain a strong mainstream following from such an abstract album, but that by no means should take away from the band what they have accomplished on this record.

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