Throwback Thursday (Music) | Ludo’s “You’re Awful, I Love You”

Ludo 75Close your eyes or roll down the windows. The chirping of the cicadas’ melody twirls into the smell of cut grass. That’s what this album is all about.

 

 

The sunset peaks slowly—warmly—behind trees and fences. Silhouettes. The music itself is a swirling surf, dreamy and churning under the suburban, blazing sun. Ludo’s You’re Awful, I Love You is definitely a summer album. Released recently (2008), this album captures the rebellion of irresponsible teens. Close your eyes or roll down the windows. The chirping of the cicadas’ melody twirls into the smell of cut grass. That’s what this album is all about.

Of course, one of the St. Louis band’s only hits, “Love Me Dead,” shines as the opener to the album. There is no need to prepare for being underwhelmed after the opener, though. This album takes you on a sunny rollercoaster through oceans and graveyards, fit for any pop-punk lover.

You’re Awful, I Love You is an immediate sing-along album. Every single track begs for you to look up the lyrics and know all the words. “Lake Pontchartrain” is an instant classic for the St. Louis scene. There is just something about the darkness of the song, mixed with the mystery of New Orleans and the story-telling element.

Once the album hits, “Such as it Ends,” it slows down into sparkly, heartfelt love-or-break-up songs. For anyone looking for a more recent equivalent to Blink 182’s “Miss You,” the second half of You’re Awful, I Love You is definitely the place to find it.

That is, until “Go-Getter Greg” bursts into your eardrums. The incredibly upbeat stalker-love-song comes equipped with its own music video (as does “Love Me Dead”) that is not only catchy and hilarious, but nods to a lot of the satirical music videos by the pop-punk greats like Green Day and Sum 41. This track definitely gets you out of the lovey-dovey slump the album slips into.

That is, until “The Horror of Our Love” sets in. The creepier, deep secret thoughts of “Go-Getter Greg” trickles out of this eerie song. Honestly, this track is magical and terrifying all in one. It leaves a girl to wonder if it’s normal to think it’s romantic? You’ll need to listen to it yourself to understand.

The album ends with nice filler songs—yes catchy, but no, not memorable. But honestly, it doesn’t matter. The rest of the album makes up for it. You’re Awful, I Love You is the perfect album to fall in love with, completely forget about for three years, and then pick up again. A | Vella Mour

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