Monday, September 8, 2014
The dB's - Like This
Side one begins with “Love Is For Lovers”, the album’s first single. The up-tempo tune questions the nature of love and whether it is something that everyone can experience.
“She Got Soul” has a snappy swing to its rhythm that gets my toes-a-tapping.
“Spitting in the Wind” expresses a frustration with the futility of things in life.
“Lonely Is (as Lonely Does)” slows things down a bit for a more reflective lyric. I particularly like the lilting synth arrangements that compliment this one.
“Not Cool” has a 60’s Rolling Stones vibe to it with both the guitars and the vocal inflections.
“Amplifier” features a mid-tempo bouncing beat that counters the song’s darker side of depression. I like the guitar work on this one; it is easily my favorite track of the first side of this album.
Side two starts with “A Spy in the House of Love”; the 2006 CD release of the album included the twelve-inch extended remix of this single. Drummer Rigby gets a chance to take the center stage on this funky dance track.
“Rendezvous” shows the band’s Southern roots with this song about heading down to Memphis for a secretive meeting. It has a very gritty, blue-inspired grind to it.
“New Gun in Town” brings to mind 60’s surf-rock with its rapid-fire rhythms, complete with a ratta-tat-tat on the chorus.
The band takes things down to a somber place with “On the Battlefront”.
The original vinyl release closes with “White Train”, a rousing number about death and the afterlife.
The 2006 CD release also included “Darby Hall”, the B-side to the first single.
Thanks to Spotify, I was able to listen to Like This for this review. I am pretty certain this was first exposure to the dB’s or, at the very least, the first time I’ve heard one of their albums from start to finish. I enjoyed it a lot, enough to add it to my “to-buy” list in the future. If you are a fan of groups like Big Star or the Replacements, you might want to give this one a spin.