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Mad Love: White With Foam

Bassist and composer Trevor Dunn is a veteran of the avant-garde/metal music scene having been involved with the The Bungles and is still a member of Fantomas, as well as keeping busy with film scores and other musical projects. His latest creation, Mad Love, has the eclectic musician teaming with three other members including Sunny Kim (vocals), Hilmar Jennson (guitar) and Ches Smith (drums, vibraphone). Through the years Dunn has had his hand in many different musical genres and Mad Love sees the musician returning to his rock roots with a rich and varied release.

I found listening to White With Foam refreshing as it touches on areas I do not often listen to such as Indie rock. Some tunes definitely have quirky twists and turns while others would fit quite well on the commercial airwaves. I was never bored listening to this album and the melodies always crept around the next corner making this one as listenable as they come. What jumped out immediately are the vocals of Korean singer Sunny Kim. Her voice might take some time to get used to but if you appreciate singers such as Björk you should have no problem. I found her singing to be quite enjoyable and fits well with the band's eccentric take on pop and rock.

The album begins with "Rats With Wings", a nice slice of alternative rock with a catchy chorus and melodic guitar rhythms. "Thread" continues in a similar vein, this time featuring the vocals of both Kim and Dunn. Their voices mesh well really pulling the song together. The melodies keep coming with the poppy "Absence & Noise" featuring well placed keyboards and catchy guitar crunch. I really like Kim's vocal delivery on this one. The harder edged pop/rock of "Dirty" carries a punkish vibe as the song shifts from fast paced guitar chords to slower mid-tempo grooves. The rest of the songs prove to be just as worthy as there is not a bad one in the bunch.

Although not progressive in the slightest, this is still a very good album and one that should appeal to those who like their rock and pop mixed with an alternative edge and loaded with infectious grooves. I liked White With Foam and hopefully you will too.

Track Listing:
1. Rats With Wings
2. Thread
3. Absence & Noise
4. Dirty
5. In Love (In Theory)
6. As Sad As It Was Beautiful
7. Broke
8. Left With Nothing
9. Knowing
10. The Mute Number
11. The Art Of Denial
12. All The Nerve Endings

Added: October 5th 2009
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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