Friday, 19 July 2013

Art of the Cover - The Love Language's "Ruby Red" (2013)

Interesting artwork, indeed!

Yap, The Love Language are back baby!

It's three years since the release of Libraries; the follow up to the Love Language’s loud, fuzzy self-titled debut of 2008, and since then, little else in terms of new material has been heard from by Raleigh’s finest.
That's changed now with this fine collection.

As Libraries demonstrated an expanded and eclectic approach to songcraft, Ruby Red, shows that Love Language continue to develop, transform and enlarge their sound.

Merge tell me ....
Friends and fans of The Love Language songwriter and frontman Stuart McLamb have learned to expect a lot, but rarely in a timely manner. Completing a triumvirate of spiritual transmissions spent lost (2009’s The Love Language) and found (2010’s Libraries), 2013’s Ruby Red exorcises the transient brilliance fostered by McLamb within the sheetrock walls of the album’s namesake artist space.

Featuring over twenty musicians and straddling several time zones, McLamb borrowed heavier equipment, and held on to it longer. Initiated in a windowless unit at the fabled Ruby Red, several failed attempts and false starts at a songwriting spree landed McLamb and his engineer/case worker/boxing coach BJ Burton in Black Mountain, North Carolina, consuming every square inch of a carpeted bungalow located a few acres too close to their skittish neighbors.

Ruby Red produces new standards for the Carolina pop songbook, finding The Love Language as an extroverted community art project made by responsible citizens of a loosely packed scene who know that McLamb will match whatever they contribute.


1. Calm Down    4:14
2. Kids    2:14   
3. Hi Life    3:51        
4. First Shot    3:18
5. Golden Age    3:52   
6. For Izzy    3:21   
7. Faithbreaker    2:12        
8. On Our Heels  3:04   
9. Knots 2:56 
10. Pilot Light    3:59

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