Album Reviews

Bad Rabbits – American Love (REVIEW) 2013

Bad Rabbits, the genre-crossing group from Boston, has just dropped their first LP this week… titled American Love. 

Like Michael Jackson or Prince before them, Bad Rabbits is seemingly on track to win over fans in multiple arenas of music. Upon first listen, the music is blatantly in the R&B or Soul categories. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find rock, funk, or even New Jack Swing influences.

In 2008 Bad Rabbits hit the scene with a self-titled EP that sounded like modern-day Bobby Brown… or anything that Teddy Riley put his hands on in the early 90’s. It was slick, with big beats, soulful vocals, funky synths, and some damn good grooves. Not only did their crowds grow at home, but (despite the genre differences) the band garnered attention from the hardcore/punk crowds on Warped Tour as well as landing a touring spot with alt-punk band Taking Back Sunday.

So, after four years of waiting, how does American Love stack up?

It’s awesome. Much more refined than the earlier EP. We have some layered song structures, aggressive vocals, big beats… the works. As well as elements of humor.

The only track I’d maybe skip is “Take It Off”, as it repeats a little too often for my taste. But highlights certainly include “We Can Roll”, “Dirty”, and “Dance Moves.”

If you longed for an updated revisit of the New Jack Swing era like Bobby Brown, Bel Biv Devoe, or New Edition, then go purchase American Love right now. Right now. Do it.

Bottom Line: Beats and energy for days. This won’t leave your car stereo this summer.

Rating 9/10.

 

 

Be sure to catch one of their crazy live shows this summer!

Sat 05/25/13 Boston, MA City Hall Plaza
Tue 07/09/13 Nantucket, MA Chicken Box
Wed 07/10/13 Nantucket, MA Chicken Box
Mon 07/15/13 Buffalo, NY The Waiting Room
Tue 07/16/13 Pontiac, MI Pike Room
Wed 07/17/13 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
Thu 07/18/13 Chicago, IL Subterranean
Fri 07/19/13 St. Louis, MO Firebird
Sat 07/20/13 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
Mon 07/22/13 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Tue 07/23/13 Salt Lake City, UT Bar Deluxe
Thu 07/25/13 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
Fri 07/26/13 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Sat 07/27/13 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill
Mon 07/29/13 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
Tue 07/30/13 San Diego, CA The Casbah
Wed 07/31/13 Scottsdale, AZ Martini Ranch
Thu 08/01/13 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
Fri 08/02/13 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
Sat 08/03/13 Austin, TX Stubb’s Bar-B-Q / Waller Creek Amph.
Sun 08/04/13 Dallas, TX The Prophet Bar
Tue 08/06/13 Nashville, TN Exit / In
Wed 08/07/13 Columbus, OH The Basement
Thu 08/08/13 Washington, DC Rock And Roll Hotel
Fri 08/09/13 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose
Sat 08/10/13 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Sun 08/11/13 Hampton Beach, NH Wally’s Pub

 

 

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