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Album Review: A Loss For Words - Motown Classics

With 'Motown Classics' I could write two different reviews. One being that it's a pretty predictable and the whole concept quickly gets boring. Alternatively I could call it a very fun and enjoyable record that shouldn't be taken serious at all. I think I'll go with the latter.

Yes A Loss For Words aren't doing anything revolutionary; pop-punk covers of well known songs have been done endlessly. However their twist on these classics are pulled off brilliantly. Lionel Richie, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and a load more of familiar Motown names are covered here, each done by A Loss For Words in a unique fashion.

'All Night Long' is simple and pure fun. Whilst 'I Want You Back', 'I Just Called to Say I Love You' and 'My Girl' work well in pop-punk form and makes you wonder why these songs haven't been in this style before.

Whilst there is little to discuss in terms of depth and variation; there simply isn't any. A Loss For Words are still able to position themselves as musicians to re-invent these "dated" songs and bring them to a new audience. It is worth mentioning Matt Arsenault's vocals that adapt well to bring about a soulful delivery; just listen to their take on The Isley Brothers' 'This Old Heart of Mine'.

With 'Motown Classics', A Loss For Words have brought this legendary genre to a new audience with their instantly enjoyable brand of pop-punk, which complements the Motown genre well, as they have injected new lease of life into these songs. Overall it is a collection of songs that continue to live the test of time and are perfect for the summer weather.


'Motown Classics' by A Loss For Words is available now on Paper + Plastick Records.

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Sean Reid

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