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The Love Language

Baby Grand


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Stuart McLamb likes to think big. He has big ambitions, starting with the vast and various influences drawn upon to create his grand compositions while using big studio production. But in the end, Baby Grand, his fourth album as The Love Language, ends up being enormously inconsistent and a big disappointment.

Built on a stratum of ‘70s pop influences, updated with synths and glossy production, McLamb enhances some basic songwriting with bouncy rhythms and vibrant interludes that tilt the scales toward a somewhat lounge-y vibe. But coupled with McLamb’s sometimes cringe-worthy falsetto vocals, the slower paced tunes become unlistenable.

However, when you swing for the fences every time, you occasionally hit a home run. Such is the case with “New Amsterdam” and “Castle In the Sky,” Both are uptempo and expansive sonic adventures with timeless rock textures, energetic vocals, and pop nuances that are a toe-tappin’ joy.

Unfortunately there are too many strikeouts for the album as a whole to achieve a winning score. (

Author rating: 4.5/10

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