'Love' is all Juliana Theory needs

25 April 2003

Date: April 25, 2003 Publication: University Wire Author: Dante DelVecchio

Love can make people do funny things. For the Juliana Theory, "Love" has the band acting quite differently.

With major label backing, the western Pennsylvania-based cohort has compiled a collection of surprisingly dark, heavy rock songs quite contrary to any assumptions the title may bring. For a band that has prided itself on counter-culture appeal and shirking mainstream styling, much of the latest album shows the Juliana Theory delving into the weary realm of post-grunge.

The lighter, pop side of the emo-frontiersmen takes a back seat for what could be seen as bigger and better. The album glistens with a pristine studio glaze, sure to please any record executive.

"Love" launches with the riff-heavy "Bring it Low," which begins a trend for several of the other songs. "Repeating, Repeating" churns similarly, with a pulsing guitar writhing around singer Brett Detar's howl, where "DTM" attempts to demolish any memory of the band's sensitive past with a tumultuous fervor.

"White Days" stands out as one of the pure moments on the record, though still laden with the inklings of excessive production. Beginning almost as a forgotten "Joshua Tree" (U2) track, the song bends around an acoustic backbone then builds to a triumphant crescendo.

The album closes with the ubiquitous "Everything," bringing together every musical and lyrical statement the album makes with an epic supremacy. The song climaxes around the line, "love is everything," adding one more love-related cliche line to the musical lexicon, and leaving the Juliana Theory hoping all you need is "Love."

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