A.R. Kane

Love-sick

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Released after 69, Love-Sick kicks off with "Green Hazed Daze," a tender acoustic number with more delicate electric guitar wails than on most earlier AR Kane tunes. The lyric isn't at ease, though, Rudi taking the "she loves me/she loves me not" cliché and turning it into something honestly heartfelt and melancholic. The somewhat suspiciously titled "Sperm Travels Like Juggernaut" comes along next: electronic treatment on the backing vocals, a creepy new touch to the AR Kane sonic arsenal, offsets the low-key percussion and playing. There's always just enough feedback to show which band it is, though. Two versions of "Is This Is?" close out the release. The first is one of the most atypical numbers by the group up to this point, with a trumpet taking a prominent place over an often stiff beat, while Rudi's vocals are kept low in the mix, sometimes husked rather than sung. One almost wants to think Miles Davis was sitting in for a bit, a kindred spirit if there ever was one. The second, titled "Is This Dub?," unsurprisingly introduces a bit of that into the mix, but otherwise isn't much different from the original version.

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