There’s that old adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same. A lot has changed since I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness released their first album, Fear Is on Our Side, in 2006, but in comparing that album with the ten songs on their recently released second album, Dust, it sounds as though this latest offering could’ve come out in 2007. With all the changes that have occurred in the music world since 2006, the band still punch out gloomy post-punk similar to Interpol or Joy Division, with guitar work occasionally reminiscent of Paul Newman. (This kind of makes sense since one of the members of ILYBICD played in Paul Newman, but he played bass, not guitar.) The songs are catchy and dance-able, but not quite as dark as on their debut.(Perhaps some of the songs even have a glimmer of hope?) I love that album and still listen to it regularly. I’m not quite as enamored with this latest offering, but get back with me in eight years and I may love Dustjust as much.
–kurt (Secretly Canadian)