Punknews.org
Lorene Drive - Romantic Wealth (Cover Artwork)

Lorene Drive

Lorene Drive: Romantic WealthRomantic Wealth (2005)
Lobster Records

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
(others by this writer | submit your own)

What do you think of when you hear "post-hardcore R&B?" I get visions of a band seriously getting down to some music that is both adventurous and rocking while a composed front-man shows off an impressive vocal range and a penchant for harmonies. What I don't think of is the emo vocals meet hardcore.
iTunes StoreAmazon


What do you think of when you hear "post-hardcore R&B?" I get visions of a band seriously getting down to some music that is both adventurous and rocking while a composed front-man shows off an impressive vocal range and a penchant for harmonies. What I don't think of is the emo vocals meet hardcore-on-the-cusp-of-being-modern-rock sound of Lorene Drive.

When a press release boasts such an unexpected pairing as post-hardcore and R&B, my ears tingle with anticipation for something fresh. Unfortunately after the first few tracks of Romantic Wealth my ears had gone from anticipation to attempted shutdown.

By now you should know the sound, and if not just check out a few bands on Purevolume's main page to get the idea. Or if you'd rather not subject yourself to that, then just think highly produced music that seems to owe more to hard rock than punk with vocals that are either nasal or whiny.

These guys aren't incompetent; in fact, they must have dog-eared copies of the songwriter's handbook laying around, because they've got a solid formula down. The problem is they don't stray from that archetype, but instead treat their listeners like they all have heart conditions and the slightest surprise could send them off to the emergency room.

Lorene Drive would be better off if they were simply upfront about what they are. Maybe a press release that stated "Lots of singing, some screaming," or "Heavily produced guitar parts that could easily sneak past the guards of modern rock radio" would work. Hell, even "A less talented Glassjaw" would be more appropriate than "post-hardcore R&B," and besides, did we really need yet another genre?

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Finch - What It Is To BurnAtreyu - A Death-Grip on YesterdayEscape the Fate - There's No Sympathy for the DeadFear Before - The Always Open MouthNorma Jean - RedeemerBrand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeThe Devil Wears Prada - Dear Love: A Beautiful DischordThe Chariot - The FianceƩI Killed the Prom Queen - Music for the Recently DeceasedThe Number Twelve Looks Like You - Mongrel

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (July 12, 2006)

leslie, you're an idiot.

love,
lorene drive

llleslie (October 24, 2005)

for some really rather.. cool reason, i've grown to like you guys a lot. i'd love to buy a copy of your cd. hopefully i can soon. rock onnnn guys.

soulbleed (October 14, 2005)

am i the only one who likes this record? some of it is really, really good. i love pretty much everything that comes out on lobster.

Anonymous (October 13, 2005)

i love to eat lobster

etwiels88 (October 12, 2005)

oh, and their name sounds like a street name. thats not been done before.

Hazen St. will fuck you when they hear about this

Inspection12e (October 11, 2005)

THIS ALBUM CHANGES THE WAY I FUCK DUDES

-jason

haha

Douglas_Howser_Jr (October 11, 2005)

hey matt you forgot to mention the cover. it looks like some other cd's but i cant remember which ones right now. oh, and their name sounds like a street name. thats not been done before.

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

This band stole money from a touring band and then had the nerve to say "every bad thing you say about us is only good press." True story.

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

some guy I know thinks this is the best fucking shit ever. Fuck him, this is weak. I've heard tons of post hardcore bands singing about hearts and love and shit. fuuuuck this.

notfeelingcreative (October 11, 2005)

"What do you think of when you hear "post-hardcore R&B?"

Color Me Badd, hell yeah!!!!

etwiels88 (October 11, 2005)

undergroundscene stole my comment

theundergroundscene (October 11, 2005)

This album changes the way i fuck dudes

-jason

inagreendase (October 11, 2005)

Pretty dead-on, score included.

Exclusive Streams

Sponsored


Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go