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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.
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."
Review by Jenell Kesler
Give it chance. Buy Jesse Malin and the St. Marks Social CD "Love it to LIfe", pretty cool, unique stuff.
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This is a fantastic CD. It rocks from start to finish. As usual with Jesse the song writing is top notch. This CD should be playing on everyone's boombox!Published on October 26, 2013 by Lawrence J. Simonutti
Again Jesse Malin delivers yet another brilliant record. The Archer is my favourite song. A great songwriter, great voice & a talented musician. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Jayne
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... Read morePublished on October 24, 2010 by Hey Reg!