The Loved Ones

Build & Burn

BY Sam SutherlandPublished Feb 5, 2008

The Loved Ones may have started out as a (really, really great) Kid Dynamite/Lifetime sound-alike band but with their second full-length release, they’re cementing a sound that, while obviously owing to those titans of melodic hardcore, is very much their own. There’s as much Bouncing Souls as Bruce Springsteen on Build & Burn, a record that succeeds in bounding through its three-minute pop punk compositions with all the energy of a New Brunswick basement show and all the humour and insight of a Billy Bragg concert. "Pretty Good Year” is a powerhouse of an opener, an effortless piece of pop music that sounds as earnest as what the best American hardcore has to offer, while "I Swear” finishes things off with a gritty, pre-sell-out Against Me! verse and rousing, anthemic chorus that contains some of the record’s strongest hooks. The road between the two is just as good, if not better.
(Fat Wreck)

Latest Coverage