the horror of our love

There is a complex formula of musicality, humor, geekiness and spunk that – when properly computed – results in that which is Ludo. On their major label debut, You’re Awful, I Love You, Ludo throws listeners twelve tracks of powerful pop goodness that they’ll be humming along to long after the disc stops spinning.

Kicking things off is “Love Me Dead”, a live staple that’s been around for years. Ambitious, theatrical, and hook-filled, the song not only sets the tone for the album but for the band as well. Neither disappoint. Competing for attention are thundering drums and pulsing guitar of “Drunken Lament”, the adventure and choir-strong vocals of “Lake Pontchartrain”, and the dance-able rock of “Such As It Ends”. Not to be pigeonholed, the band also successfully takes on more intimate fare in “Streetlights” and “Topeka”.

Ludo is at their best, however, when taking a darker turn. The hurricane-force chorus of “Please” could move mountains, and its instrumentals the most hardened heart. Tight and driving, they perfectly echo the longing of the lyrics. “The Horror of Our Love” has incredibly dark lyrics surrounding obsessive, murderous love while offering one of the most beautiful musical releases at the song’s chorus. Calm and ethereal, it produces an opposite physical effect – the listener is left breathless while something tugs at them from deep within.

You’re Awful, I Love You drops 2/26/08.
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As a bonus, I was able to see Ludo perform several songs from You’re Awful, I Love You at their show at The Majestic in Madison, WI on January 25, 2008.

Standout tracks from the material included “Drunken Lament” with its tight drums and “Lake Pontchartrain” which is even fuller and more energetic live. “Go-Getter Greg” worked well, sounding a bit like Fountains of Wayne if they had unresolved anger issues. “Please” was epic, though not quite as nuanced as the album version. And of course there was “Love Me Dead”, but its success was no surprise as the dichotomous lyrics beg for a sing-along.

There was a good mix of songs from the band’s self-titled LP and their rock opera Broken Bride. “Good Will Hunting By Myself” never fails to entertain, “Hum Along” served as a big payoff for most of the crowd, and the Broken Bride material still sounds fresh with “Save Our City” continuing to be a crowd favorite and one of Ludo’s best live songs.

Broken Bride
Drunken Lament
Go-Getter Greg
Saturday Night Thunderbolt
Lake Pontchartrain
In Space
Save Our City
Girls On Trampolines
Scream, Scream, Scream
Air-Conditioned Love
The Lamb and the Dragon
Hum Along
Love Me Dead
Good Will Hunting By Myself
Epic [Faith No More cover]

8 thoughts on “the horror of our love

  1. Jordain Parker February 1, 2008 / 12:54 pm

    i cant wait!

  2. Chelsey February 1, 2008 / 1:01 pm

    I was also at the show at the Majestic in Madison, and it was definetely an amazing performance!
    I can’t wait until the record comes out!

  3. Ali February 1, 2008 / 6:57 pm

    The show at the Majestic was my tenth Ludo concert….and they just keep getting better!

  4. Casi February 1, 2008 / 7:44 pm

    so excited for the new album… i cant wait to get my copy of it!!! yayiness…. ludo rocks!!


  5. wizardwipe February 7, 2008 / 1:49 pm

    I’ve been waiting to hear horror of our love since Andrew had me and 3 other ninjas in his bedroom at his sis’s bday party and we were talking about it and deciding what would be on the new album…(wow, that was a loong time ago!) Sounds like a really great concept…I’m excited!!


  6. Roxie February 7, 2008 / 3:48 pm

    YES! I can’t wait!

    That makes me happy that my favorite songs are on it too, AND “my song” 🙂

  7. thefornicationnation February 13, 2008 / 3:24 am

    I think the band will appreciate the adjectives of “tight and “driving” it embodies all things ferrell wOOt!!

  8. Kris Williamson March 29, 2008 / 8:46 am

    Okay for one: Ludo is Fricken genius.
    And two: THEY ARE!!!

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