Take Me To The Sea - Jaguar Love
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  • Summary: The debut album for the indie-rock band that features ex-members of the Blood Brothers and Pretty Girls Make Graves.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Longing for The Blood Brothers (or even, of course, Pretty Girls Make Graves) is as futile as rating a current girlfriend against an ex: while both may have inspired your love, all that truly matters is the here and now. And Jaguar Love are very much of today. There is no turning back.
  2. Write off Jaguar Love at your peril; this is one of the best albums of the year so far.
  3. The musicianship is mature--a jangly, shifting cornucopia of guitar, bass, organs, and drums--but it is practically ignorable behind the caterwauling wail of Johnny Whitney, which takes precedence over all.
  4. 70
    Johnny Whitney has made an art of singing like a deliriously deaf 12-year-old, but the debut of his new trio with Blood Brothers bandmate/guitarist Cody Votolato and ex–Pretty Girls Make Graves guitarist Jay Clark (now on drums) plays like a preteen daydream.
  5. His voice is annoying the way a fuzz guitar is overdriven: That's its point. Getting past it isn't always easy, but it can be rewarding as Whitney proved with his prior band, Seattle's Blood Brothers, and demonstrates intermittently at the head of Jaguar Love.
  6. Jaguar Love inject a vicious vitality into their neon-hued rock, and the idea of a dance punk with real fury behind the party is appealing. But in order to avoid being merely irritating or simply diverting, Jaguar Love could benefit from fully unhinging, with an increase in wrath.
  7. 36
    This is an incredibly abrasive album.... There's screaming on this album, lots of it...nay, way too much. [Summer 2008, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. DavidC
    Aug 20, 2008
    Mr. Whitney's voice is just incredible. Live and on record.
  2. EricL.
    Aug 20, 2008
    That dude who gave them a zero is a jackass...the Faint sucks. But this is a great CD, it's like a sequel to Young Machetes, but also it's not. Expand
  3. gentlemanphilosophy
    Aug 27, 2008
    When I heard this album, I thought, I wonder if the lead singer is a hot girl? Then I found out "she" was a he. So then I thought, okay, okay, but does he at least look like a girl? The answer was yes. And that's enough for me. Expand
  4. EricH.
    Sep 19, 2008
    Take Me to the Sea has its moments, but overall is extremely mediocre compared to its members' past releases.
  5. thedude
    Aug 19, 2008
    Saw them live before The Faint. They suck balls!!!!!