Love Life: Here Is Night, Brothers, Here The Birds Burn
Enough with the Birthday Party/Nick Cave allusions already. While the dark prince is the most accessible musician draping baroque dark, sinister tales over baroque, sinister music, he hardly owns the sound. Love Life’s sonic intensity admittedly has its precedents, but Birds bristles with enough original personality for the band to escape the derivative darts and start to be taken on its own merits, with the adenoidal “V” and “Joy” leading that charge.
Read more in the December 18, 2002 Local Music Feature.