Love and Theft – “Angel Eyes”

29 Nov

It certainly has been an eventful past couple of years for Love and Theft.  They score a Top 10 hit on the Lyric Street label with their 2009 release “Runaway,” release their debut album World Wide Open… and then the label folds, they lose their record deal, and Brian Bandas leaves leaves the group.  Fast-forward to 2011, and Love and Theft resurfaces in duo form on RCA with the new single “Angel Eyes.”

This is a familair combination:  Catchy melody meets fluffy, insubtantial lyrics.  Yes, it’s basically another factory-assembled radio hit.  On the positive side, the production is surprisingly light and tasteful, which fits well with the infectious melody.  It’s hardly the sound I would expect from the act behind “Runaway,” and it almost even feels like country music – almost.  In a contemporary 21st-century context, that is.

I would normally give credit for production staying out of the way of the lyrics, but in this case, there really isn’t anything worth staying out of the way of.  These lyrics are so rehashed it ain’t funny – a one-dimensional character sketch of a rebel girl just like all the other nameless, faceless rebel girls in contemporary country songs.  Conveniently, they also found places to insert clever little shout-outs to bonfires, tailgates, and “Sunday mornin’.”  Wink-wink, country radio.

The catchy factor may carry the song a short way, but in the long run, a lack of creativity sinks the song such that the melody and production can’t save it.

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)

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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Single Reviews



2 responses to “Love and Theft – “Angel Eyes”

  1. Erin

    December 4, 2011 at 4:34 AM

    Personally, I love the song. I don’t care that the subject has been covered already (really, what song is purely original? Every topic has already been written about). I think it is sweet and simple and great in that aspect.
    But, to each his own.

  2. Collin

    December 5, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Erin, every topic has already been written about, sure, but that doesn’t mean that it’s ok to string together a whole song’s worth of cliches.


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