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The Unlovables

The Unlovables: HeartsickleHeartsickle (2007)
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For those unfamiliar with the band, the Unlovables are New York City's happiest, poppiest female-fronted pop-punk/buzz-pop band. This is the second full-length from the four-piece group. I should probably mention that I'm somewhat biased, since the band's first release, Crush Boyfriend Heartbreak, i.
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For those unfamiliar with the band, the Unlovables are New York City's happiest, poppiest female-fronted pop-punk/buzz-pop band. This is the second full-length from the four-piece group. I should probably mention that I'm somewhat biased, since the band's first release, Crush Boyfriend Heartbreak, is possibly my favourite pop-punk album of all time. That said, this album is also quite excellent.

While Crush took a page from Screeching Weasel in being pure fun, Heartsickle adds quite a bit of substance. As is frequently the case with a band's sophomore album, though, while it adds more advanced melodies and general depth, it's not quite as catchy as their debut. Even so, the change is somewhat welcome -- an attempt to create a song as catchy as "Feelin' All Emo (Since I Broke Up with You)" would be pretty much doomed to failure.

The album starts out on an unsurprisingly peppy note with "Leave Me Alone," an example of the band's trademark, tongue-and-cheek treatment of breakups through nearly-giddy, sugary-sweet songs. One of the great things about the Unlovables is that they can be listened to either seriously or ironically. All of their songs' lyrics are both cute and sometimes painfully accurate descriptions of the familiar subject of relationships, but at the same time sung in a silly, light-hearted way that allows you to laugh at the whole subject, if you're not in a particularly romantic mood. Songs like "Dance Party for 2 (Your Room, 3 A.M.)" can make you either "aww" or laugh, depending on what you're feeling at the moment.

The catchiest song on the album is probably "Samantha," the song you are greeted with whether you like it or not upon hitting up their homepage or MySpace page. Like most of their songs it's basically just an excuse to smile and have fun for a few minutes.

The album does fall into the cliché second-to-last-song-acoustic-number, but fortunately Hallie's vocals are more than enough to keep even the acoustic song interesting. The album ends with "Crazy Tonight," which features some form of high-pitched sleigh bell throughout the entire song, making you feel like you are going crazy right along with the band. I'm still not sure if that's a good thing or not.

This has gotten much longer than is warranted for a light, fun record. Just drop the $10 and pick it up -- even if it's not the best album of the year, it's guaranteed to make you smile for 40 minutes.

 

 
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Ravnos (September 19, 2007)

This album is ok but musically it's so sugary it makes my teeth hurt. That's my only complaint, really, and if I'm in the right mood for it then it doesn't bother me, but there is a lot of pop in this pop-punk.

Anonymous (May 22, 2007)

A terrible review for a near perfect album. This album is brilliant in its emotional depth and anyone who writes it off as just a "fun, poppy" record hasn't spent any time listening to the lyrics.

blue_bullets (May 17, 2007)

Better, gutsier, hallie learned to play the bass.

heartsickle>cbh

randomhero323 (May 16, 2007)

great album by a great band. doesnt match crush though

Scruffy (May 15, 2007)

If you like this band, I highly recommend you pick up "More Than Motion" and "Stereo Girl" by Element 101 and the Cruiserweight CD on Doghouse records. Boht of the singers of those bands sing so similarly to this band's vocalists, yet I enjoy those band's music a bit more.

salsashark (May 15, 2007)

Funny, I was listening to this today in my car.

"Samantha" is the best song by far, and is such incredible pop-punk goodness it hurts.

The Unlovables are an awesome band, and even though this isn't as good as "Crush..." overall, it's still magnificent.

And plus the whole band has the funnest live shows ever.

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

2 shows in Portland with the Ergs-both 21 and over-yea for being 20.

Hey_Asshole (May 15, 2007)

hooray, i am but a few days from being able to buy this!
go team first paycheck since january!

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

you suck

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

not nearly as good as crush but it's pretty good.

bigeazy (May 15, 2007)

female nyc poppunk = farken farked

VonDrunkenstein (May 15, 2007)

I'm really sick of this type of music. it's way too simple to be creative and no one will ever top MTX or screeching weasel. that being said, please stop !!!

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

If "No Way" wasn't almost 5 minutes long this album would be perfect. I haven't stopped listening to it in ages.

AdamSocial (May 15, 2007)

Not as good as Crush Boyfriend Heartbreak, but damn close. These guys/gal should be huge... unfortunately, Paramore will sell a million records, and the Unlovables won't.

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