Love Alien In the Waves
By Dan Century
At one time New York City was synonymous
with great rock music. So many excellent bands came from New York: Blondie, the
Talking Heads, the Ramones, Television, the Velvet Underground, Patty Smith
and theres been so many great rock venues as well: CBGBs, the Ritz
(old and new), Don Hills, the Pyramid and Madison Square Garden. Considering
New Yorks rich rock history, the past decade has been very disappointing.
I can only think of a handful of rock bands to come out of New York: the
Strokes, the Clowns for Progress, Bad Wizard a few good bands but
nothing too exciting. But I want to believe I want to believe that New
York can produce great rock again, which is why I like Love Alien.
Love Alien is Jill and Thomas Simons
sonic baby: a tasty mix of fuzzy, funky, jammy and grungy guitars and
Jills pure, angelic voice. Love Alien is nothing like the heavy metal,
hard rock or abrasive punk I typically listen to, but thats why I like
it; for me, Love Alien is something totally new. To be honest, I didnt
think I would like this album. Most of the music I listen to is either
impersonal or abrasive. The music on the album is so good and Jills voice
is so pretty I had no choice but like it, and listen to it again and again.
As you may have assumed from their name, most of Love
Aliens songs are about love and/or outer space. Songs have titles like
Moving in Space (Voyage), Galaxies and Love Alien Blues. The tone
of the entire album is very positive. Even the song Little Girl, a song
about a girl trying to survive in a wicked and greedy world, has a positive
message. As any Star Trek fan will tell you: space has come to symbolize
positivity and a hope for the future. Considering how messed up the world is
right now, we need all the hope and positivity we can get.
If you need a positive and soulful change of pace from your
hard rock or hip hop listening habits, give Love Alien a listen. Youll
find it mixes will with mellow grunge, Neil Young, Kate Bush, Phish and Tory
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