Ludo – You’re Awful, I Love You

Emo-Powerpop at it’s best and dirtiest…but still Emo-Powerpop.

You know the song “Love Me Dead” with it’s odd symbolism and catchy hook, and the rest of the album isn’t very far from that.  Definitely has a familiar feel, similar to Yellowcard, minus the violins, plus some darkness.  The lyrics are full of death analogies and broken anatomy references, but still mostly about love, sex, and everything else that comes along with emo.  However, I can’t help but like each song for what it is,

even the most commercial songs which are definitely “Go-getter Greg”, and “Let’s go to Japan” (which has a very interesting reference to hamburger meat that kinda sticks with me) Yet, just when you think you have them pegged for another young powerpop band, you hear “The Horror of Our Love” which gets a little dark and dirty (in the most radio friendly way) and ends up seducing you with lines like “Carnivourous and lusting to track you down among the pines/I want you stuffed into my mouth/hold you down and tear you open/live

inside you, love I’d never hurt you/But I’ll grind against your bones, until our marrows mix/I will eat you slowly.”  And that’s what makes this album better than most of its kind…maybe a bit unsettling at times, but oddly refereshing. It’s like one of those diseased relationships where you fight all the time, but then have the most intense animalistic make-up sex.  So I guess the name “You’re Awful, I Love You” is just perfectly fitting.

I could listen to this album over and over, and I have, but I can’t deny that some of the songs get lost to a sort of happy-go-lucky commercialism.  The ones that don’t, like “Love Me Dead”, “The Horror of Our Love” and “Lake Pontchartrain” (among a few others) really show the band’s uniqueness…now if they could just capture that for a whole album, I’d be in Ludo Love…which is apparently the kind of love that makes you want to rip out your insides and mix them with your lover’s marrow.

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