Lovehoney - Cruda EP Album Stream/Review 
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Brooklyn, New York's own Lovehoney was introduced to me, graciously, by the proprietor of this fine establishment. I’m immensely glad said introduction was made. Both 2017’s Feelin’ No Way and 2018’s (appropriately titled) Dig This! were wonderful lil’ slabs of fuzzy, funky and sultry blues ‘n’ roll--a confident amalgamation of Zepplin-leaden riffage, hooky The Skins-esque sensibility, and a delightfully upbeat personality. Needless to say, Lovehoney play some intriguing tunes.
None of this, however, set me up appropriately for Lovehoney’s latest. At risk of being shut down by the hyperbole police, I’ll say this: the forthcoming Cruda is, bar none, the best EP 2019 has yet to offer.
Take the aforementioned formula and crank up all the notches. Here, Lovehoney leans into the Led Zepplin, providing the same head-bopping drive that has allowed the better modern revivalists--Rival Sons, for example--to inject a little life into a decidedly retro sound. This is dense stuff, absolutely dripping in viscous riffs. Take the intro to “All Night,” or the pounding, fuzz-ridden theme to “Displacement.” The former is the perfect blend of downtrodden blues and uplifting rock; the latter is a short-but-sweet declaration of inspiration beyond mere imitation. Hefty. Thunderous. Relentlessly energetic. Does it sound familiar? Certainly, in a manner of speaking. But does Alysia Quinones’ belting tone project Lovehoney into a league of their own? You bet. She accomplishes a wonderfully aggressive melancholia, and Cruda feels like the epitome of this well-honed sound. She sounds utterly uncontainable. For a taste of what I mean, lend ears to “Sleazy”. The EP’s centerpiece (and standout track) is thick, mean, and gritty as hell--a perfectly brief fang-baring ride.
Cruda is short and sweet, with two tracks sliding under the three-minute mark with room to spare. In this sense, Lovehoney are already masters of the songwriting craft. Nothing here is longer than is required, and as a result, every chorus and riff is precious in its sparsity.
Out of reverence for the short form, I’ll keep my conclusion concise. Cruda is a top-tier EP, and will undoubtedly remain high in the ranking for this year’s best. Highly, highly recommended.
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Cruda will be available on most music apps on the 28th of May. Pre-order a digital copy on Amazon for an affordable price! Go to a local Brooklyn show and grab a cassette!