(2006) Numbers

Ian Love

... read moreThe press release for the 101's third album claims that Numbers takes its primary lyrical inspiration from a serious health crisis that singer/songwriter Eric Richter had then-recently underwent. Near-death experiences can cause any number of serious lifestyle changes, of course, but in the specific...

33′:49″ 11 Songs

1
Ian Love
Dancing
3:47
2
Ian Love
Numbers
3:30
3
Ian Love
Ordinary
3:02
4
Ian Love
Gone
2:32
5
Ian Love
Part I
2:09
6
Ian Love
Part Ii
3:12
7
Ian Love
Mott Haven
3:14
8
Ian Love
Road
2:11
9
Ian Love
Tumble
2:49
10
Ian Love
Last Chance
3:23
11
Ian Love
Domino
4:00
Released 08 August 2006, ℗ Limekiln Records

Review

The press release for the 101's third album claims that Numbers takes its primary lyrical inspiration from a serious health crisis that singer/songwriter Eric Richter had then-recently underwent. Near-death experiences can cause any number of serious lifestyle changes, of course, but in the specific case of the 101, it seems to have caused Richter to grab for the brass ring, commercially speaking. The 101's debut album had an appealingly out of time neo-psychedelic feel, and although 2005's Green Street was considerably more straightforward and poppy, it still had a bit of a throwback college radio sound that looked back to the jangle pop of the '80s and shoegaze of the '90s. Numbers, on the other hand, is pure 2006, a straightforward pop-emo record that's not at all far removed from the likes of Fall Out Boy and Jimmy Eat World. There's nothing wrong with a slight change of artistic course, naturally, and to be fair, catchy punk-pop tunes like "Dancing" and "Mott Haven" aren't that far removed from the best of the 101's previous releases. But the lack of the quirky touches and unexpected turns of the 101's earlier albums, matched with Ian Love's cookie-cutter production style, makes Numbers sound distressingly safe, as if the "by the" prefix to the album title can be assumed. The 101 have proven themselves to be capable of more than this. ~ Stewart Mason