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  • Summary: The debut album for the group from Phildelphia and New York is rereleased by Matador after being self-released in August.
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  1. Love Comes Close is a strong debut not just because Cold Cave embraces their darkness so fully, but because they find so many shades within it.
  2. Packed with lo-fi-meets-nu-rave parsings of UK post-punk discontent, the album’s distorted melodies are immediately catchy yet convey brooding emotional depth.
  3. By enlisting noise goblin Ian Dominick Fernow (Prurient) and Xiu Xiu-graduate Caralee McElroy to pitch in, their full-length debut, Love Comes Close, manages to stand out as a successful collaborative effort with a clear sense of purpose.
  4. It's a compelling push/pull struggle of cerebral analysis verses arm's length emotion, largely devoid of histronics, yet masterfully articulated by Eisold with sheer poetic clariety that differentiates the act from a litany of '80s electro revivalists. [Fall 2009, p.57]
  5. Love Comes Close shows some potential for artist growth with a little more seasoned songwriting.
  6. Eisold's delivery, as cliche as it might seem, is often hypnotically compelling, and the lyrics are slightly redeemed by the synthesizers.
  7. Cold Cave are neither here nor there. The pop hooks aren’t catchy enough, the ‘coldness’ too rote, the flirtation with eroticism simply an abbreviated spin on Depeche Mode’s “Master and Servant.”

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