TRUE LOVE - I Was Accident

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" 3 1/2 stars. True Love's sophomore release and debut for No Lame Records, I Was Accident, features more of the band's sparkling power pop that plays like a split 7" between Elvis Costello and Cheap Trick. For fans of those bands this should be a good thing, even if at times the band seems somewhat overly indebted to their idols. It's as if they never got enough of Armed Forces and so set about to write a list of tunes that sound like unreleased Costello tracks circa 1979. That said, I Was Accident still contains some great songs including the beautiful power ballad "Throwing Back the Ring" and the raggedly melodic "The Genius.""- AMG

"“Burn Rubber” is a short but powerful opening ditty that builds into an eventual chorus of Queen/Jellyfish three-part harmonies, then heads out with a wonderfully searing old-fashioned guitar lead.

“Mr. Sad” is jangle-pop perfection, infectious as heck and loaded with great Byrds-like guitars and harmonies, clocking in at under two minutes total. The lyrics query this disconsolate character accordingly: “Hey Mr. Sad is your garden growing / Are your disappointments blooming / Have you sowed the seeds of ruin / Hey Mr. Sad have you cried enough this season / Have you felt the sting of treason / Have you lost your hope to reason / Have you ever been faced with a smile that you could not erase / Have you found the place where joy is a sin and where losing is the only way to win”.

When you hear the vocals on “Now”, you’ll swear you’re listening to Elvis Costello, circa 1980-81. This tale of a man whose wait for love is over now that he sees things clearly, has some great saxophone support from Craig Hoek, as well as a guitar lead that transcends anything Costello ever attempted.

“The Genius” is very Fountains of Wayne, which is a good thing. Hook-laden and harmony-filled, it’s the tale of said genius who is “Stopping where it starts, living through his art, picking up the parts of his mind”. “Radio On” is another pretty pop song in the same style as better fare from Fountains of Wayne or Splitsville.

“Ilovegirlswholoverockandroll” is Ray Kubian’s moody tribute to these rock-loving females who spin his world out of control, because “salvation takes a heavy toll”. Playing spare chords against the sounds of wind chimes and seagulls, Kubian achieves interesting effects.

Another effective rocker is “Heartache to Come”, mixing a Costello sensibility with the likes of something harder and guitar-driven, telling the story of a bitter disappointment with a woman he thought was the one: “Take a look around where this moment has found us / It didn’t take long, my love / And now I never thought you’d get so far from me / Hard to see, bye-bye”.

While most of the songs are upbeat, True Love does manage a ballad with “Don’t Mean Anything”. This song, which sounds pleasantly sweet, has lyrics that don’t seem to mean much of anything either, more like some overheard argument that lacks a focal point.

Another in the Elvis Costello vein, “Throwing Back the Ring” is a truly delicious piece of ear candy about a muck of a predicament, and featuring sweet harmonies and an accomplished guest lead from Richard Lloyd. You have to like the quiet desperation of a song with a chorus that asks: “Oh my God, all of the shit that’s going on / Is there anything left at all?”

“Service of the Knife” is an odd slower tempo song (after several listens I won’t even attempt to analyze the lyrics—it’s your guess) that features producer Wayne Dorell on keyboards, grand harmonies, and yet another fine guitar solo. True Love prove from track to track just how well they create memorable songs with enormous hooks. “Riot Helmet” and “Time Dog”, the final two tracks, seem a bit weaker than the earlier songs, more than serviceable but less ambitious melodically. “Time Dog” explores some different sonic territory, though, and features octave-apart vocals.

I Was Accident delivers on the promise of True Love’s debut CD and then some. At its best, this is classic guitar-driven rock-and-roll with hooks aplenty and harmonies that please. And while some of the lyrics could stand improvement, the words never get in the way of the big sound. True Love’s triple songwriter attack works well; I look forward to seeing and hearing them develop their many musical talents further in the years to come."-= Pop Matters