As a recent listener of Canadian punk rock band The Headstones, I really grew to like their past work. But I was unfortunately disappointed by their newest release, Love + Fury. This is the first album the band has made since 2002, and also their first record since reuniting in 2011, so expectations were high. Even with this album being made 11 years after The Oracle of Hi-Fi, I found it to be much too similar to their first few records. While those first three records did great, I think that after 5 albums of the same punchy, rebellious music, it’s time for a new challenge.
Love + Fury starts off with the fast paced “Changemyways, ” followed by the country banjo sounding “Longwaytoneverland,” (and no, I’m not misspelling the song titles- they really are spelled as one word on the album!) The next few tracks are all very much like the opening song, and I found myself not realizing where one song ended and another began. While the flow of an album is always important, there is a difference between being cohesive and sounding like one giant song.
With that being said, there were a few songs from Love + Fury that really caught my attention. “Farawayfromhere” and “SOS” for example, stuck out to me. And for fans of the slower ballads, “Astronaught” and “Midnightofthislife” are perfect. Both of these songs had those rougher sounding vocals that reminded me of Scott Weiland, which I did not mind one bit! All in all, Love + Fury had some awesome tracks, but with such a rich history of talent and success, I’d have liked to see the band challenge their sound a little more.
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