Bang Lime

Best Friends in Love

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While Emily Haines was off pursuing her solo career with 2006's masterful Knives Don't Have Your Back, the rest of her primary band, Metric, was at loose ends, leading bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key to form the side project Bang Lime and release 2007's Best Friends in Love. Unlike Haines, who went into an entirely different musical direction for her solo work, Winstead and Scott-Key stick pretty closely to Metric's indie dance-rock on Best Friends in Love, dialing back on the needly new wave synths in favor of slashing post-punk guitars (played by Winstead, who also sings and wrote the songs) and keeping the focus squarely on the beat, as one would expect a rhythm section-led band to do. So Best Friends in Love is a punchy, meaty slab of rhythmic rock & roll that sounds pretty good on a strictly superficial level, but Winstead's average-at-best vocals and often cringeworthy lyrics about sex, violence, racism, and general urban decay bring the album down with a dispiriting thud. For example, "Iris" is about Jodie Foster's character in Taxi Driver, a subject that might have been novel 30 years before when the movie was new and shocking, but which just seems played out and trite now. Unfortunately, Best Friends in Love is one of those albums that sounds better the less one pays attention to it.

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