Love & Desperation

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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the rock group led by John Petkovic, which includes Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis, Cobra Verde's Tim Parnin, and Witch's Dave Sweetapple as members.
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  1. 80
    Sometimes Petkovic’s confessional urgency takes its toll, but those hooked by ferocious rock riffage might be too stoned to hear the lyrics anyway. It’s all in the title: Petkovic’s love letter to his hopeful future is a loud one. Mission accomplished.
  2. Uncut
    This terrific album casts its net wider though: as well as Dinosaur fans, this will appeal to admirers of T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, Reigning Sound ad Alex Chilton, too. [May 2010, p.108]
  3. Love & Desperation is one hell of a good time. A testament to both the cathartic, healing power of rock, as well the undeniable joy to be found in an arena-sized riff, Sweet Apples’s debut makes for excellent listening.
  4. Despite its moments of lethargy, Love & Desperation quakes with an energy that’s simultaneously exhausting and gratifying.
  5. 70
    Two dudes from bong rockers Witch, including Dinosaur Jr. ax god J. Mascis, and two more from middle-aged glam junksters Cobra Verde, including singer John Petkovic, make for a three-guitar, super-ish group that actually gets somewhere rather than just revving its engine (see Them Crooked Vultures).
  6. This is one for the ‘pleasant but unremarkable’ file, and it seems that’s all the band was striving for in the first place.
  7. Under The Radar
    The songs of Love & Desperation come across as enthusiastically crafted tunes, if ultimately seeming like a period piece. [Spring 2010, p.71]

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