Love & Hunger’s new release The Things we Carry is a great introspective collection of well-written songs demonstrating great timbre, great musicianship and great connection throughout the record. The record grapples with themes of guilt, regret and the path to forgiveness.
The sheer brutality of the lyrics compared with the musical accompaniment creates a surreal and emphatic melancholic tone. Lead singer Chance Cochran leads us with the rest of the band to unparalleled heights and realizations. Good songs create good music and these songs are no exceptions. Love & Hunger has created quite the delicate and transparent album.
The album’s lead song “The Healer” has the stripped down essence great artists like Jeff Buckley were able to create. The lyrics are haunting and carry the whole arrangement through until the final break where the band truly enters, bringing everything to colossal heights musically.
The solo is quintessential and not flashy, giving space where needed and chaos where there needs to be. ‘For You’ is raunchy from the get go, making your head bang from the moment that acoustic blares those heavy chords. I get vibes of a heavier kind of Brian Jonestown Massacre with more of a commercial edge.
“Whiskey and Cigarettes” is my personal favorite. This song is heavy and produced very well thanks to the boys at Petting Zoo Studios in Richmond, CA. Great guitar tone for those lead lines help bring the crunch to this groove. The drummer is on point and has great pocket, a must for any great rhythm member. I would recommend this record to all the hard rock lovers out there. Love & Hunger represents a rebirth of great rock songs that are intimate, rough and timeless.
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