Jaguar Love - Take Me to the Sea (3 stars)

Jaguar Love - Take Me to the Sea

(Matador Records)


Formed from the ashes of Seattle art-punk luminaries Pretty Girls Make Graves and Blood Brothers, Jaguar Love consists of veteran squawker Johnny Whitney, former bandmate Cody Votolato and Jay Clark. As the creative force behind PGMG, Clark brings a much-needed melodic dampener to his bandmates’ more dissonant proclivities. Whitney’s lyrical imagery remains as visceral as ever, and the songwriting displays a confident maturity that showcases the vast collective experience of this group. However, despite the surprisingly pop sensibilities of this record, many of the tracks lack bite and too often it is only Whitney’s remarkable vocal gymnastics that prop up an enjoyable, but largely pedestrian effort.

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