Fall Hard For Free Energy's Love Sign
By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 16, 2013 7:00PM
Photo by Dominic Neitz
Free Energy's debut is one of those rare albums that still sounds good played on repeat today as it did when it was released a few years ago. What were the chances the follow up to that rager, Love Sign, could at least reach the same levels of our enjoyment? It turns out that the odds were amazingly in favor of not only reaching those heights of aural pleasure, they blew right past them to launch even higher in the musical stratosphere.
The band released half the album before it's official release, and it's telling that even doing that doesn't dilute any listen to the full disc. Kicking off with the exultant, cowbell driven "Electric Fever," the album continues to barrel through it's ten tracks without hitting a single sour note. Honestly, when we first started listening to Love Sign a month ago we were afraid that it's party vibe might grow trite if overplayed, but the honest enthusiasm of the band keeps that from happening. You know what else keeps that from happening? Free Energy has somehow figured out how to write incredible hooks that are spun out from years of crossing classic rock with indie quirk and countless beer bongs. Balancing that out is the inescapable feel that none of these dudes was ever cool, pining for girls across high school gymnasiums while the jocks got all the slow dances.