Love Is All Two Thousand and Ten Injuries

Love Is All Two Thousand and Ten Injuries
For their third record, Sweden's Love is All found themselves at a crossroads. After delivering two albums of frantic no wave pop the band were without a record deal and no impetus beyond the creative drive to head back into the studio. Without outside pressure, Two Thousand and Ten Injuries feels like their most thought-out album, offering a variety of sounds and song structures, effectively managing to balance the sonic experimentation of the quintet's debut with the pop sensibilities of 2008's A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night. Though it doesn't quite live up to its title, opener "Bigger, Bolder" does suggest that the band aren't willing to linger in one place for too long. "Repetition" is more indicative of the band's newfound focus on rhythm, offering up Vampire Weekend-esque, syncopated bass and drums. Rhythm and groove are pushed further into the limelight on "False Pretense." While not the grand statement people once hoped for, Two Thousand and Ten Injuries continues to push forward while retaining the sense of visceral fun that attracted fans in the first place. (Polyvinyl)