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  • Audio CD (August 19, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B001B92E9O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Formed from members of the Blood Brothers and Pretty Girls Make Graves, Portland, OR's Jaguar Love add heavy-duty glam moves and crunchy, addictive hooks to the mix on this debut.

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"The beauty of Jaguar Love is how they manage to compose songs so intentionally vicious, strange, and manic, and yet totally hook-driven." --Seattle Times

Customer Reviews

I just hope they are able to keep it up.
Centrifuego
For every angular guitar line there is a fuzzy keyboard melody or a soaring vocal line.
Eric S.
Jaguar Love is a project you have to invest some time in to get the benefits from.
Sera69

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric S. on September 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
With "Take Me to the Sea" Jaguar Love reinvent indie-pop/punk. Don't believe me? Listen to the album. Repeatedly; it grows and expands on each listen. And with headphones; this is an album with surprising sonic depth.

What is the sound? It's jagged and propulsive and it rocks, but it's also melodic and it's warm and it's catchy (not immediately, but again, after a few listens). It rejects the 'indie-disco-rock' trend that so many bands have gravitated towards -- think The Killers, Interpol, and sometimes The Arcade Fire -- for a unique approach that incorporates elements of bands such as The Mars Volta or The Blood Brothers (of course), Animal Collective (on "Bats Over the Pacific Ocean"), cabaret showtunes ("Georgia"), and even Elliott Smith (an admitted influence on "Bonetrees and a Broken Heart").

For every angular guitar line there is a fuzzy keyboard melody or a soaring vocal line. The vocals are difficult to love at first, even for a fan of Johnny Whitney, but after a few listens they begin to make perfect sense. This is an album to get lost in; let it take you wherever it wants to.

The mix is very odd -- at first, I thought the production was the weakest part of the album. But it grew on me. I could see the more up-tempo songs being 'heavier' live, but at what cost? Melody comes first on "Take Me to the Sea." It is truly the absolute newest breed of indie-rock.

Buy it. Don't download it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alec Rojas VINE VOICE on August 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Jaguar Love remains a curious prospect of a band. As it seems, the best way to describe almost any project involving former members of the Blood Brothers and Pretty Girls Make Graves is as something "not for everyone." Too much happens on this record for something with such little respect for "accepted" music. Then again, that was the point of rock and roll in the first place. As such, calling Jaguar Love a "glam" or "punk" band is a misnomer in itself because, it seems, these are the only straws we can grasp at to deal with music that shifts and writhes almost as much as the band does on stage. A lot of people consider this music "destructive" or "explosive" and they wouldn't be too far from the truth. But in this case, what gets destroyed gets rebuilt, sometimes pieced together in a way we never conceived.

Comprised of singer Jonny Whitney, guitarist / bassist Cody Votolato and drummer /keyboardist Jay Clark, this outfit manages to push a lot of buttons at once. Clark and Votolato do a great job at keeping the listener off their toes. "Videoscape Seascape" does a 180 that never gets old and the "Highways of Gold" remains an impressive romping track. Whitney's voice (always controversial, even at times of the Blood Brothers) is not as bad as people think, but annoying and irritating are probably it's finest qualities. That is a compliment actually: sometimes he's Jonny Rotten, sometimes he's Mick Jagger, sometimes he's Freddy Mercury. His stream of consciousness / surrealist lyricism remains one of rock's rare gifts, taking you from black waters, to flamingos flying to Australia, to murdering the moon. Yet somehow, this volatile mix of people creates the funk of "Jaguar Pirates," the unprecedented dance / thrash of "Humans Evolve into Skyscrapers," and the almost-Broadway ready "Georgia."

This ain't commerce, baby, this is music. If you want to hear something on the edge that keeps you on the edge, grab this LP.
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By Sera69 on October 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
So, Jaguar Love has come up with one of the albums of the year (2008). Not bad for a semi-supergroup involving former members of Blood Brothers and Pretty Girls Make Graves. As fans of those bands may know this means 'Take Me To The Sea' is not going to be easy punk listening nor easy glam listening. Jaguar Love is a project you have to invest some time in to get the benefits from.

On first listen Jonny Whitneys' voice comes over almost like that of a petulant 6 year old girl; high pitched, strung-out to breaking point and ear splitting. It's not as unintelligible or as manic as much of Blood Brothers' screamo was but it is still sure to turn off many unsuspecting prospective fans.

That said, it compliments the screeching, staccato guitars that occasionally sound tortured beyond endurance. Cody Votolato hits his instrument with a primal, punk joy; the enthusiasm bleeds from the speakers helped no end by a loud, sharp, cacophonous production. It's not one dimensional by any means and there is plenty of respite amongst the barrage (although you should not equate respite with quiet!)

These two are backed by Jay Clark on drums and keyboards. The keyboards weave like early Faith No More (Chuck Moseley era) in, out and around the punk squall like sinuous tendrils supporting and softening Whitney & Votolato's screech and giving the songs depth and colour. His drumming, as in all the best punk bands, is complex but tight; driving, subtle and never boring.

After a few listens the songs reveal themselves and nothing is straightforward new wave/punk. 'Highways Of Gold' bounds along with a joyous joie de vivre, it's glam stomp upped to 11 in second track 'Bats...'. 'Georgia' is an alt-punk show tune, all soaring vocals and grand gestures.
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Format: Audio CD
A moniker more apt would be difficult to come by. The Blood Brothers may have fallen apart and exploded, but all the gore, teeth-gnashing, and creepily high-pitched noises we've come to expect from their---umm, shall we say "unique"?---singer rode the shockwave all the way here.

With his flair for surrealist lyricism and "Cedric Bixler getting a root canal sans novocaine" shrieks fully intact, whatever's hurtling out of Johnny Whitney's mouth at any given moment becomes Jaguar Love's main attraction. This Jaguar still has claws, but bizarre sub-mashups with showtunes ("Georgia") and dance-rock flirtation ("Jaguar Pirates") whet its appetite moreso than the all-out wild animals mating cacophony of early Blood Brothers. Near the end of their career, they had begun to tread this road; Jaguar Love's extension of the theme will cause fewer stomach aches, by far.

The exotic wails and caterwauls pervade an overgrown jungle of differing guitar techniques, courtesy of Cody Votolato. He provides some solid ground and a safety net for would-be victims of the big cat: "Humans Evolve Into Skyscrapers" pits blast furnace chords---TH-THUD!... TH-THUD!... TH-THUD!---against a rabid drum machine and squirrely keyboard licks; taken at face value, it's about as anthemic and carefree as anything on Clear Channel, except for you know what. Also beware dangerous head-bobs the likes of "The Man With the Plastic Suns," and circus caliber organ noodling typical of later Blood Brothers (see "Vagabond Ballroom").

Love it or hate it, Jaguar Love is par for the course for Blood Brothers side project afficionados. Completely unlistenable to the Michael Bublé crowd, Jaguar Love's most damning feature (you guessed it, the singing) is simultaneously their most striking, and endearingly unique. If you don't mind being struck or clawed at, they're a potent antidote to everyday, run-of-the-mill angular indie rock.
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