Top 10 Albums of 2013: #6 – oOoOO – Without Your Love

ooooLet’s get the obvious out of the way first…this is a stupid name for a band or artist.

Also, the first track almost made me totally ignore this album. It’s one of those int tracks that really just seems like filler.

But despite all of that, this album won me over big-time. After you get past that seemingly abstract introductory filler, the rest of the album is brilliant. It’s like an archeologist that had to dig through hardpan to find the treasure beneath.

I have a soft spot for what I call “creepy love music.” The lyrics and much of the tone to Without Your Love are sentimental and sincere. It would almost qualify for a place on a playlist that was reserved for the bedroom if you were slightly disturbed.

There’s a dark quality to the songs that creeps up on you. While the two styles are nothing alike, it reminds me of Massive Attack’s ability to blend dark and almost eerie grooves into some of the sexiest music out there. This album does this, only in a way that makes the songs slightly more morose (or, depending on the track, upbeat). Check out the tracks “Stay Here” and “The South” to see what I mean.

This is a great album if you’re looking for somber music on a cloudy night or maybe some time behind closed doors with someone you care for in a creepy sort of way.



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