The note of "Sleeve By Josephine" means nothing to most, and yet this was one of the more stand out record designs that I've ever seen. I liked the circular, jammed black and white newspaper look that gives off a combative sense of order and chaos. The printed words that you can barely see in the album art repeat the name of the record over and over as if Jack Torrance was shedding his dull boy image and getting into indie rock. The back of the record has a lot of pink dots, block lettering and faded type printing, so I felt that no matter what this sounded like it was probably going to have at least a little fun to it.
It turns out that Love is All is yet another rock band from Sweden that, as has been mentioned before via the Flaming Sideburns as well as other groups, continues to impress me as a country that legitimately deserves attention for its music. Granted, unlike those other rock bands Love Is All pours on the dance rock element that is more popular these days. Every song tends to have a rapid tapping of cymbals and break neck speed that could be considered punk if it wasn't all sung by a high-pitched female. Josephine Olausson, already established as the aforementioned artistic talent, sings urgently in nearly every song with a slight echo that sounds like she might be singing somewhere in a subway station. Do they have subways in Sweden? Regardless, the opening tune of "Talk Talk Talk Talk" is showcases the fervent pace and singing that the band continues for most of the record. Nicholaus Sparding pitches in with a bunch of "one more time"s but it is all one big dash to the end of nearly three minutes of tune.
The band gets a little softer (and conceivably more available for marketing ad jingles) with "Turn the Radio Off" which incorporates some cutesy keyboard and sweeping saxophone. Not having heard some of their more recent stuff, I might even say that this might be where the band could be heading if they got tired of the usual high exertion they spin into on songs like "Busy Doing Nothing" and "Spinning & Scratching". The band definitely hooks into a more typical indie move with a song like "Make Out Fall Out Make Up," which I knew was catchy for a good reason and but did not make me necessarily like it. You know those modern songs that start slow and build up anticipation for a big chorus, and then what do you know, the big chorus happens? Well, that is exactly what this song does. It pulls that stunt about four times under three minutes, so even though it is a short song it feels very long and a bit tired after awhile. I threw it into the small listening station for you hipsters out there…
I like this record as it has enough edge and bombast to make the listener think these guys are going to do something great after their debut. Spinning a few of their newer tracks shows that they have definitely held onto the dance element, gotten a little more touchy feely, and shed much of the mayhem they established on this record. I figured that would happen, but I suppose that just means they're growing right? Ach. Love Is All still has a lot of excitement about them starting with this record, so go check them out for some music that has a little less abandon than what you might get usually from the States.