Love Is Dead

Love Is Dead

by Kerli
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Love Is Dead

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2008
Label: Island
UPC: 0602517414327
catalogNumber: 000953902

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
John Ewing   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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Love Is Dead 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
to all the moonchildren out there you know this cd by heart I.L.U
Mz_Kitty More than 1 year ago
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
Vendetta_Margaux More than 1 year ago
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 won't be sorry.
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