Love Is Dead

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Nobody asked for a mix of Björk, Natasha Bedingfield, and Evanescence's Amy Lee, but that's what Kerli offers -- served up with a touch of gothic Lolita -- on her debut album, Love Is Dead. It's an odd blend of influences, but these songs have enough quirks and enough polish (courtesy of producers David Maurice and Lester Mendez) to be mainstream and strange at the same time. At her best, Kerli brings a bewitching mix of light and shade to her music. "Walking on Air" is the finest example of her spooky yet uplifting sound: her slight Estonian accent adds a subtle otherness as childlike, whispery backing vocals that sound like they come from singing dolls hover over ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Nobody asked for a mix of Björk, Natasha Bedingfield, and Evanescence's Amy Lee, but that's what Kerli offers -- served up with a touch of gothic Lolita -- on her debut album, Love Is Dead. It's an odd blend of influences, but these songs have enough quirks and enough polish (courtesy of producers David Maurice and Lester Mendez) to be mainstream and strange at the same time. At her best, Kerli brings a bewitching mix of light and shade to her music. "Walking on Air" is the finest example of her spooky yet uplifting sound: her slight Estonian accent adds a subtle otherness as childlike, whispery backing vocals that sound like they come from singing dolls hover over skittering breakbeats, while the moody, string and brass-laden bridge could have been borrowed from Björk's Selmasongs. Despite its theatricality, it's a surprisingly subtle yet catchy song. "Up Up Up" and "The Creationist," which skips along on a charming, spiraling piano loop, also show off Love Is Dead's sweetness and light. However, when Kerli ventures deeper into darker territory, the results are mixed. "Love Is Dead" sounds like Amy Lee covering "Army of Me" (in a good way), and the fiery "I Want Nothing" and industrial dominatrix rock of "Strange Boy" -- which rhymes "innocent" with "magnificent" -- show that Kerli can brood convincingly. On the other hand, the very Evanescence-ish power ballad "Bulletproof" gets too close to predictable melodrama, and "Hurt Me"'s masochistic rock is run of the mill. There's nothing typical about "Creepshow," however: a minor-key but funky dancefloor workout, it sounds a little like Fergie's "London Bridge" transported to Eastern Europe, but even stranger than that. It may be odd, but it's not boring, and the same can be said of most of Love Is Dead -- despite its faults, it is one of the most unique albums released by a major label in 2008.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2008
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602517414327
  • Catalog Number: 000953902
  • Sales rank: 15,112

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Is Dead (4:36)
  2. 2 Walking on Air (4:27)
  3. 3 The Creationist (3:38)
  4. 4 I Want Nothing (3:58)
  5. 5 Up Up Up (3:25)
  6. 6 Bulletproof (5:01)
  7. 7 Beautiful Day (3:51)
  8. 8 Creepshow (3:12)
  9. 9 Hurt Me (3:37)
  10. 10 Butterfly Cry (4:39)
  11. 11 Strange Boy (3:18)
  12. 12 Fragile (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kerli Primary Artist
Guy Chambers Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Fuzz Guitar, Piano (Upright)
Josh Freese Drums
Mike Green Bass
Mattias Hellden Cello
Audrey Martells Background Vocals
Sebastian Öberg Cello
Richard Fortus Guitar
Anthony Falanga Double Bass
Jennifer Karr Background Vocals
Josh Garza Drums
Örjan Högberg Viola
David Maurice Guitar, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Benji Madden Guitar
John Deley Keyboards
Fil Eisler Guitar, Bass Guitar
Tanesha Gary Background Vocals
Karl Brazil Percussion, Drums
Jonas Lindgren Violin
Paul Stanborough Acoustic Guitar
Mio H. Alt Violin
Vanessa Bley Background Vocals
Inbal Brener Cello
Yoon K. Kwon Violin
Emily J. Ondrovek Violin
Inbal Segev Double Bass
Philip Spetzer Violin
Jonathan Vinocour Viola
Alison Zlotow Violin
Per Eklund Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Guy Chambers Composer, Producer
Mike Green Engineer
Lester Mendez Arranger, Composer, Producer
Mark Roule Digital Editing
John Ewing Jr. Engineer
Krister Linder Composer
Richard Flack Programming
Joel Madden Producer
Joe Wohlmuth Engineer
David Maurice Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Benji Madden Producer
Miles Gregory Composer
Jason "Jay E" Epperson Producer
John Deley String Arrangements
Lasse Mårtén Engineer
TJ Doherty Engineer
Paul Stanborough Programming, Engineer
Dead Executives Composer
Christian Olsson Programming
Todd Russell Art Direction
Vanessa Bley Composer
Mathias Martén Engineer
Mathias Wollo Arranger, Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The first song I heard from Kerli was Walking On Air, and the music video is really cool. You'll have to watch it a few times to see all the little details. And her album is just as detailed as her video. The first time I listened to it I listened to the entire album, not skipping any tracks, and every track surprised me because it was different from the last one, and they each have their own spark. But even though her album is diverse, they all still mesh very well. It's a mix between rock, pop, electronic sounds, and some stylish piano thrown in. Her voice is also really unique, and she uses it excellently. Overall, this is a really great album and I recommend it to anyone who wants to hear something refreshing and original.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2011

    love love love this ***

    to all the moonchildren out there you know this cd by heart I.L.U

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Steph....THANK YOU!!

    My sister told me about this girl who sang a song called "Walking on Air". The first time I listened to it I was completely amazed. She was FABULOUS!
    The words had a strong meaning to me! I HAD TO GET THIS CD! It made me feel great when I was feeling bad! I had to share this as well! When my one of my sister-in-laws was feeling down and she loved it. It gave her the same feeling. :)
    Kerli has an amazing voice and is stunning to view. I would have to place her WAY above Lady Gaga ANY DAY!!!! LOVE YOU KERLI!!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!!!!!!!!! XD

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Magical!

    The first I saw of Kerli was on her "Walking On Air" music video on MTV.It was creepy...haunting...magical...enchanting...beautiful...I didn't quite know what to think--just that I had to see it again.Kerli had cast a spell on my senses with her innocent yet dark fairytale style.I looked more into her music...and I was not disappointed.Each of her songs are similar but so so different.Her style is so unique...she seems to be competing with no one.Her style seems to be....Gothic rock (?) but then again,so unique that it almost convinces me that Kerli needs a genre all to her own.Reminds me of Bjork and Natasha Beddingfield.You've got to give it a listen...you won't be sorry.

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