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I Hate That I Love You

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The surprisingly prolific for a band seldom seen on stage any more, at least in their former (and again future) home, New York, French's I Hate That I Love You keeps to the winning formula of chunky post-punk with edgy melodics; why fix what isn't broken? Primary member Ian James' does regretful ache well, from "Girlfriend" years ago to "Screen" here, and in a new trick for an old dog, "Young Man" (not "Young Man's Blues") sounds like vintage Who. The covers this time are ever wackier: French has little to do with Prince ("Nothing Compares 2 U") and Lou Reed's whimsical side (1972's Tranformer's "Perfect Day"), honestly, but the 12 originals are where this grade is made.