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Love Inks – 'Generation Club' album review

An inoffensive, synth-strafed second album: background music for a cosy night in

It must be a bit awkward to be a three-piece band which includes a couple. Not only does the third wheel have to put up with the inevitable PDAs and rows, but there’s also a risk that loyalties could lead to musical compromise. Love Inks are just such a band – vocalist Sherry LeBlanc is married to bassist Kevin Dehan, with Adam Linnell completing the line-up on guitar – and they’ve just released their second album, ‘Generation Club’. Can they can work it out?

‘ESP’, the 2011 debut album by the Texan group, adopted a similarly spacey sound to The XX, but on this follow-up they’ve broken from that approach. ‘Generation Club’ immerses LeBlanc’s silky, warm vocals in a busy soundscape of synths, fuzzy and strident bass lines, off-kilter guitars and skittering percussion. At its best, this combination works a treat: on ‘Night Lights’, for instance, a sweet yearning melody and insistent bass conjure up summers past, and on ‘I’m Gone’ the guitar comes to the forefront to provide a welcome change of texture.

However, there are just not enough memorable songs here to hook the listener in and keep their attention. In between its best tracks, ‘Generation Club’ slips by with only the changing light outside the window indicating that time has passed. Perhaps Love Inks’ group dynamic has indeed led to a compromise of their aesthetic: this album would be perfect, inconspicuous background music for a cosy couple’s night in.

Rob Caswell, 29, is a sailor from Hackney Wick. He was selected to write this review as part of the Time Out Takeover – a special edition of the magazine written entirely by our readers.Buy this album here

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