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Love Cream: First Taste
Love Cream First Taste CD Album Review

Love Cream: First Taste

Melodic Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

From the sexual innuendo and double entendre from both band name and album title, you'll get where Love Cream's musical interests, among other things, lie. These recent high school graduates from Australia have been snooping around their daddies' Eighties record collection. Abhorring modern rock, performed by, as they call them, non-prescription glasses wearing, bedwetting, buskers, the Creamsters play, basically, Eighties melodic hard rock in the sleaze tradition.

Love Cream Band Photo

Love Cream: Eighties deja vu.

That summation, perhaps, gives you all you need to know about Love Cream, with the exception that these youngsters are pretty good. After all, in their hometown, the won the grad prize in Adelaide’s Next Superstar, collecting $20,000 for studio and video time. Love Cream is the Wig Wam of the land down under.

The band delivers its fair share of catchy, sexually charged, hard rockers, filled with groove and ripping leads, with Open For Business, Back Door Lover, and Love Train. Other titles might surprise you. She's A Smokin' Bitch, another rocker, has this groovy breakdown in the later third of vocals over steamy bass and drums. Then there's Woman I'm Gay For Your Lovin' (don't ask) has this blues feel driven by a strong bass line, and obvious references to Led Zeppelin and The Doors, notably Roadhouse Blues. If anything, this song displays the strength of their song composition.

Though it may not be intended to be a strict ballad, Hot in the Dark finds the band drifting more towards AOR melodic rock, with some very strong guitar leads. Finally, Love Don't Live Here Anymore, the last and longest track, borrows styles found across the album from subtle blues to classic melodic hard rock, leaving moments where some serious jamming could erupt when played live.

With their debut, First Taste, Love Cream shows some surprising musical maturity for their young ages, creating some quite catchy and entertaining melodic hard rock.


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With their debut, First Taste, Love Cream shows some surprising musical maturity for their young ages, creating some quite catchy and entertaining melodic hard rock.

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