"No Love" (Self-released; 2009)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


Lick's "No Love" is some of the most interesting music I've heard in some time.

With its haunting, siren-like vocals, biting guitar, driving bass lines and wild but controlled drum work, "No Love" is a fascinating listen throughout. If you heard the vocals and music separately, you'd swear they wouldn't fit together but, when combined here, the effect is nothing short of hypnotic. Even the background growls seem to fit, although sometimes (as in "MWH"), they do go a bit overboard. Regardless, the seven tracks on this CD are mesmerizing throughout and will probably have you reaching for the replay button the moment the CD comes to an end.

The songwriting style here is so unique and you may find yourself wondering if you've ever heard anything like it before. Comparisons will come to mind along the lines of Evanescence, Lacuna Coil and others but those are passing influences at best. Lick is a band with a sound all their own. The real surprise, however, is how instantly addicting "No Love" really is.

Lick: Keri Kevorkian - vocals; Paul - guitar; Ced - drums; Shak - bass.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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