Every Time I Die : Hot Damn!
This is fantastic. For once I honestly don't know where to start or what to say. What I can tell you is that Hot Damn! is a striking record that will demand attention in even the loosest context of the word. A frantic blend of distortion and wise writing, Hot Damn! is plain captivating.
After hearing the bomb-dropper that is Romeo A Go-Go, it's almost impossible to believe that an album of this velocity and aural impact is so easy to get into. But that's the best thing about it - it isn't a record that crawls up your leg painfully slowly; you put it on, you hear it, and you love it.
While the songs are speedy and thumping, the theme that is prevalent through the ten tracks is love, however strange it may seem. "I will never make love in this town again," "The best lovers are murderers first" and "Drag the lake, you'll find it full of love" are lyrics you could expect to lift from a tasty offering by Alkaline Trio - both grim and romantic in equal portions. The lyrics throughout are dislocated and remain open for individual interpretation. You have to construct your own meaning rather than take them at face value.
As caring as it is brutal and as melodic as it is discordant, Hot Damn! has been hand crafted with passion.