Love & Distortion - The Stratford 4
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  • Summary: This is the sophomore release for San Francisco's atmospheric noise-pop band led by vocalist Chris Streng, whose previous band shared members with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 84
    There's a chunk of empathy lodged between the many splurges of drool-dripping, volume-blasting guitar wankery. [#5, p.88]
  2. The hour-long Love & Distortion never loses steam; it delivers on its title, and is unique enough to avoid lyrical banality.
  3. No matter how good your new favorite band is, the Stratford 4 are better.
  4. Love & Distortion still finds the Stratford 4 operating as a band with more taste in music than original ideas.
  5. 60
    Draws heavily on such masters of six-string cinematics as The Church, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Spacemen 3. [Apr 2003, p.121]
  6. 60
    Wailing, distorted guitars and jumpy backbeats deliver messages of escape, refuge and, ultimately, sweet hope. [May 2003, p.124]
  7. It seems sloppy, it has some disappointingly one-dimensional album production, and even worse, it lacks the pop sense that The Revolt Against Tired Noises had in spades.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. CelesteT
    Apr 15, 2003
    10
    My favorite thing about San Francisco is the Stratford 4. This relatively diverse selection of songs (noisy, sweet, poppy, sound tracky) keeps me falling in love. Expand
  2. RobbinL
    Mar 21, 2005
    8
    Some truly beautiful moments. Some truly overwraught stretches. No question they wear their influences on their sleeve, but when your influences are this cool it's hard not to like. Seeing them live really enhanced the effect of the album on me, check them out if you can. Fav lyric-"I've told you once, oh yeah I've told you before there's more to this life than the Stratford 4" Sweeet. Expand