Why not name an album after the most common of all words in pop? That's what Damon McMahon thought and entitled the latest work of his project Amen Dunes simply "Love". Cynical? Perhaps, because the world of Amen Dunes is certainly not particularly cheerful. Until now, the artist had always tried to create more abstract sound paintings, which he then recorded almost single-handedly. For "Love" he now brought reinforcements at his side, because he wanted to realize his self-imposed goal to pay more attention to the song and less to the pure atmosphere in the best possible way. He managed to do that, maybe even a little too well with some songs. The first pieces still come out of the boxes quite brittle and remind in their scratchiness of the early Velvet Underground. But McMahon can also do differently: The piano ballad "Sixteen" is very flattering and here and there he even enriches his songs with palatable strings. The result is not an outstanding album, but an entertaining one.
Top track: Rocket Flare