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Love It To Life

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When Jesse Malin met producer Ted Hutt (Lucero, Flogging Molly, The Gaslight Anthem) one drunken night at a local bar, their talk of making a record fast, loose, and raw, was the beginning of Hutt s quest to create a record that would encompass Malin s roots and evolution from hardcore thrasher to punk/folk singer-songwriter. The album s basic tracks were laid in three days at Greenpoint, Brooklyn s Mission Studios, and the rest at Sonic Youth s Think Tank Studios in Hoboken, NJ. Filled with the characters Malin does best messengers and misanthropes, hipsters and hypocrites and as always, his constant themes of redemption, nightlife, heartbreak, and survival, LOVE IT TO LIFE a sentiment taken from a ticket stub Joe Strummer autographed for Jesse was built with desperate optimism that shouts in gang vocals that no matter how bad it gets, you re never alone.

1. Burning The Bowery
2. All The Way From Moscow
3. The Archer
4. St. Mark's Sunset
5. Lowlife In A High Rise
6. Disco Ghetto
7. Burn the Bridge
8. Revelations
9. Black Boombox
10. Lonely at Heart

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: INGrooves
  • ASIN: B0039SFKVE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy P. Young on August 6, 2010
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This album fits in with a heretofore unidentified niche on the American music scene: lean, driving music that is played and sung with passion, is well-produced, and wears its heart on its sleeve. Think Paul Westerberg or Ryan Adams with a few musical flourishes all its own.

The songs are all good here--"Burning the Bowery" kicks things up with a muscular charm, and the rest of the tracks keep that guitar/bass/drums/rough-hewn vocals thing going. The desperation evident on track two when he shouts "you don't get your money back here!" lets the listener know that this is personal, as indeed it is.

My personal favorites on the album right now are "Disco Ghetto" and "Lonely at Heart," a ballad-riffic album closer which reminds me of Westerberg or Adams while briefly lifting from Elvis Costello ("you drink in self-defence"). While he does lift a little bit of attitude and structure from the artists listed above (Westerberg in particular), Malin's still got a distinct personality and distinction of his own. From name-checking Ken Kesey novels to his rocking explorations of the night life of people who simply don't know any other way to live, this album really does a lot of things well. It rocks, it rolls, and it's both intelligent and passionate at the same time.

A very good record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank G. Wetteroth on May 20, 2010
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I heard the tune "Burning the Bowery" and had to buy the CD. All I can say is this is a tight Cd with great tunes. Not one dog in the bunch, but it's "Burning the Bowery" that really knocks me out.
Give it chance. Buy Jesse Malin and the St. Marks Social CD "Love it to LIfe", pretty cool, unique stuff.
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The best comment I ever heard regarding Jesse Malin, was from critic Robert Parker, who said, "Malin's musical output has never been quite as impressive as his phonebook." Which just about had me rolling in the isles, feeling that I'm one of the few people who get both the joke and the music of Jesse Malin.

See, there are a ton of folks who want to pigeonhole Malin as some sort of mature punk, and I can see their point, but it's hardly true, especially here on Love It To Life, a play on the old Alice Cooper album Love It To Death. The notorious, on again off again druggie seems to be quite healthy on this outing, backed by the relentless St. Marks Social, hands down, the tightest, most sinister band Jesse has put together in a very long time, flashing the efforts of Jeff Tweedy in my ears at every bend in the road. As always, Jesse pulls no punches, wears his heart on his sleeve, knocks you back, and then grabs you just before you fall over, only to repeat these musical punches again and again.

As always, as with the rest of his releases, I take from Love It To Life what I really dig hearing, and those are: "Burning The Bowery," "All The Way From Moscow," [a nod to Mott The Hoople's "All The Way From Memphis"], "St. Mark's Sunset," "Lowlife In A High Rise," and "Burn The Bridge."

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By Hey Reg! on October 24, 2010
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Just when I thought Glitter was his Abbey Road; he comes out with "Love it to Life" This is a double surprise when you consider the cover "Sleeve" album (waste of time) followed Glitter. I really thought he was done. Although I'm ready to move this to #1; I still can't get Broken Radio out of my head - Best Song in his catalog. My least favorite is probably In Heat; while I must admit it was going to be tough to follow that outstanding debut "FAOD" which just gave me chills I hadn't had since my first intro to Bruce. Ironic that these guys get along. Also as a Westerbeg junkie; I get and agree with some of the comparisons. Let me give you one more excellent songwriter under the radar, who you might like along with Bruce, Jesse & PW - Michael McDermott (check him out!)
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