Have Mercy - The Love Life
Review by Shannon Shumaker
Vulnerable, emotional and incredibly personal, Have Mercy’s latest album, The Love Life is like a breath of fresh air. Since 2013, the emo-tinged rock band has consistently delivered stunning, energetic and emotional albums - 2013’s The Earth Pushed Back, 2014’s explosive A Place Of Our Own and the darker 2017 release, Make The Best Of It - and The Love Life is no different, but at the same time, the band’s most dynamic and out of the box release yet. While it falls in line with Have Mercy’s previous work with the powerful lyrical content, The Love Life expands on the band’s sound more than any previous releases.
From the vulnerable, heartbreaking opening track, “We Ain’t Got Love” and emotionally heavy, “40oz” to brighter, more upbeat tracks like “Heartbeat” and “Clair” and even the stunning acoustic love song, “Dressed Down,” Have Mercy explore their full sonic and emotional range on this album. Taking a step away from their older material, The Love Life finds the band experimenting with dreamy instrumentals and frontman Brian Swindle singing in a much softer, lighter tone than fans might be used to, and the result is absolutely stunning. That’s not to say that the album isn’t without Have Mercy’s signature energy, though. Songs like “So Like You” and “These Streets” find the band picking up the pace energy-wise while Swindle belts his heart out, and they sit perfectly alongside softer tracks like “Dressed Down” and “Just Fine.”
The softer tones on The Love Life fit the album’s lyrical content perfectly, as well, making for a very mature and refined release. For those who have been following Have Mercy since their start, this album will make you feel as if you’ve grown up with the band. With a beautiful, warm and bittersweet tone throughout all eleven songs, The Love Life carries messages of love, life, getting your heart broken and picking up the pieces to move on. From start to finish, the album feels like an emotional journey and proves that Have Mercy are capable of just about anything.
LISTEN TO: “So Like You” “These Streets” or “Clair”
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