Alright. I Love Your Lifestyle. So, honestly, I’ve started writing this review about three different times. I Love Your Lifestyle is a talented band, but I’m having trouble writing about them. It’s easy to be reductive. This record was produced by Joe Reinhart of Algernon Cadwallader, and that is far from the only influence that band had on I Love Your Lifestyle. If the former band was taking cues from Cap’n Jazz, the latter is taking cues from them. Meaning there is a clear influence, and certain stylistic similarities, but it’s different enough to avoid being repetitive and redundant. I hope that doesn’t sound shitty. I Love Your Lifestyle is much better than some shitty comparison would lead you to believe.
Let’s try again. I Love Your Lifestyle play a very specific kind of music. People are going to classify this as emo music, and they are right in a few regards. But, from where I’m standing, this is a pop band playing pop songs. There are certainly genre tinges thoughout, especially instrumentally. While never getting too far away from a normal song structure, they do experiment in places. They are more controlled than the bands I mentioned earlier. There are still more chaotic (I guess) moments. It’s not super out there though. Everything is filtered through strong pop sensibilities. Like, one listen to “Spider Monkey” will have the line “Come on, you are not a wizard!” going through your head for days. Even putting an acoustic song, “Dynamite & Catfights,” right in the middle didn’t hurt the overall flow of things. That would be a momentum killer for almost anyone else.
There are no shortage of bands claiming the emo genre tag. A good majority are kind of hitting the same notes over and over again. It’s kind of the curse of a genre “revival.” It takes a lot to stand out from the pack. I Love Your Lifestyle make a great case for themselves. This a record that is filled to the brim with catchy sing-alongs and big hooks. I don’t think there is anything about this record that doesn’t work. Get into it.
I Love Your Lifestyle