Love as Laughter CD review [Sub Pop]
Oct 28, 2006, 03:32
LOVE AS LAUGHTER Laughter's Fifth CD
First and foremost there's the P-L-O-D! Not just a pedestrian “clump-a-lumping” but a downright prodigious and definitely authoritative PLOD! And that's nothing but good, baby! PLOD-ing is an undervalued and easily misused rhythmatic gambit, that, done just-so (Crazy Horse with Neil Young, 1st two albums by The Band, major label Meat Puppets) is hard to beat as beats go.
Love As Laughter give great PLOD, and on the occasions where they pair it with guttural, huge floating guitar chords, they do evoke Neil & Co. But mainly they employ said sonic infrastructure to power a varied compositional agenda, running gamut of most cool pre-punk rock influences: Kinks, John Cale, the as previously noted Neil Youngâ€¦ and before punk there wasn't much else quality/classy rockin' out there!
So kudos to Love As Laughter for owing absolutely no debts to anything vaguely punk, to elude all stylistic pre-packaging and still rocking like bastards and penning one classic album after another. [Sub Pop]