PS I love You – Death Dreams album review

Sometimes, for no discernible reason, I will decide that I do not like a band before I even hear a note of their music. When asked to review the newest album by the Kingston Ontario duo, PS I Love You, I was completely unaware of their music and had no idea of their sound. I was prepared to hate every second of it though. So, when I started listening to their album Death Dreams I found myself more than a little annoyed that I was really loving it in a big way.

Death Dreams opens with an instrumental of the same name and is really just a warm up for the band. A musical flexing of muscles so to speak. It is with the second song, Sentimental Dishes, that PS I Love You truly unleashes themselves. A catchy guitar riff that reminded me a bit of The Darkness, a fat bass tone, and some driving percussion. What truly demanded my attention though was the vocals of Paul Saulnier. Wild and unrestrained would be one way to put it. Another way to put it would be completely insane. The lyrical line is frenetic, unrefined, and all over the place and it is impossible to ignore. It is a line that grabs the ears of the listner and demands that you pay attention.

The rest of Death Dreams progresses in pretty much the same way. Benjamin Nelson providing solid percussion lines while Saulnier does the rest. Heavy guitars, ringing cymbals, thick bass lines all infuse the heavy pop sound of PS I Love You. Even on the final song, First Contact, they don’t let up on their energy. The song begins with the strummings of an acoustic guitar which falsely leads you to believe that maybe they are winding down, but this is just a red herring as the music launches itself for one last energy fueled piece. I would like to point out the highlights of Death Dreams but it is just impossible for me. The entire album is a highlight.

If you are, like I was, unaware of PS I Love You then you are doing yourself a disservice. This is a duo that is getting ready to take of and get noticed and Death Deams could well be the effort that gets the job done.

By Chris Angel

When not sharing his opinions on the World Wide Web, Chris spends his time writing and recording music.

Chris currently has three albums out, all available on iTunes, and is eager to start writing more for his next album. He also enjoys grilled cheese sandwiches and being handed briefcases full of money.

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