Jaguar Love – Take Me To The Sea
When great bands call it a day it's always fascinating to see which directions its prime components head in. The "infinite hiatus" of At The Drive-In saw Sparta take the easy road as The Mars Volta went about thoroughly confusing everybody, while the equally great Minus The Bear and These Arms Are Snakes emerged from the debris of the mighty Botch to critical acclaim. After The Blood Brothers' shock demise last year, Jaguar Love - featuring ex-BB members Cody Votolato and Johnny Whitney as well as former Pretty Girls Make Graves guitarist Jay Clark on drums - were the first act to surface from the split and instantly impressed all with their pop-tinged self-titled EP. But now it's time for the ultimate Litmus test; the debut full-length. It's pleasing to report then that it's a test Jaguar Love pass, if not quite by flying colours.
Take Me To The Sea proves to be infinitely more Neon Blonde than Blood Brothers, with the glorious pop-rock of 'Highways Of Gold' opening proceedings and setting the bar sky high, while the quirky 'Bats Over The Pacific Ocean' keeps the momentum building nicely. The laid back organ chimes of the slow burning 'Georgia' shows the first sign of weakness, and while the throbbing glam stomp of 'Humans Evolve Into Skyscrapers' pushes all the right buttons, the second half of Take Me To The Sea fades away far too much for comfort.
Although it won't provide a complete shock to the system for those familiar with Whitney's work in the aforementioned Neon Blonde, Take Me To The Sea is highly likely to divide opinion amongst die-hard Blood Brothers fans. But one thing is for certain, with their strong preference for pop over post-hardcore, Jaguar Love could well be set for more widespread success than the Blood Brothers ever achieved.
- Highways Of Gold
- Bats Over The Pacific Ocean
- Jaguar Pirates
- Vagabond Ballroom
- Humans Evolve Into Skyscrapers
- Antione And Birdskull
- Bone Trees And A Broken Heart
- The Man With The Plastic Suns
- My Organ Sounds Like...