Blood Stained Love Storyby Saliva
It's not Saliva's fault that the times moved on and Saliva didn't -- like many bands, they simply fell out of fashion as the years rolled on. Nevertheless, it's a bit of a shock to hear their fourth album, Blood Stained Love Story, and hear just how stuck in the late '90s the band is and not just because they still dabble in the rap-rock they built their reputation upon. That sound still bubbles to the surface throughout this record, but they also try to expand their horizons, usually through flourishes that sound like '90s heavy rock clichés that they haven't gotten around to yet. There are drop-D tunings; Nirvana rewrites, like the pretty catchy "Black Sheep"; earnest crossover post-grunge power ballads that bring to mind a less bombastic Creed ("Starting Over") or a rougher Third Eye Blind ("Never Gonna Change"); harmonies pulled off Alice in Chains records; even slight electronica colorings to set the mood, and the whole thing is wrapped up in an album that feels like a pseudo concept album along the lines of Marilyn Manson's Holy Wood, even if it never quite manages to tell a story. These are all qualities that make Blood Stained Love Story float outside of time, as if it were a record designed to rule the charts in 2000 instead of 2007, but even as Saliva try to reconnect with the heavy rock of their first albums -- even reuniting with their first producer, Bob Marlette -- they can't escape the fact that they sound like a band that has been toiling away for a decade, turning into professionals along the way. There's not much hunger here, but there is precision, along with a creeping sense of maturity in how they polish their craft and now sound more comfortable with power ballads than they do with hard rockers.
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Performance CreditsSaliva Primary Artist
Josey Scott Vocals
Wayne Swinny Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Paul Crosby Drums
Dave Novotny Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsBob Marlette Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Doug Joswick Package Production
Josey Scott Composer
Wayne Swinny Composer
Paul Crosby Composer
Dave Novotny Composer
Sid Riggs Electronic Sound Design
Patrick Hegarty Art Direction
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This is the first Saliva CD I have purchased and I love it! I bought it because I was going to their concert in Jackson, TN and wanted to hear more than what was on the radio. I want to get the older CD's now because I would bet they are just as good!
This album is completely different from Saliva's previous ones. The sound is more focussed and it looks like the band has finally hit the mark. For first timers, don't expect the previous albums to sound the same as this one. The band has experimented with a variety of styles from album to album. For some long time fans, they may not like the new direction, and for the others, they may like the change. The songs Ladies And Gentlemen and King Of The Stereo have the feel of Filter ala Hey Man Nice Shot. Overall, you can hear some underlying Techno and Industrial genres similar to Nine Inch Nails or even Gravity Kills. But, the album sticks to a heavy, but very polished, Alternative Metal theme. Great album to listen to while driving or working out. Keeps your adrenaline flowing!