Released: Jul 2010
Label: Merge Records
The main man behind The Love Language is Stuart McLamb, a clearly lovesick fella who has one helluva taste for the golden era of rock 'n' roll. After releasing a critically applauded lo-fi debut (recorded in his parents' basement), McLamb fleshes out his sound on Libraries, where he sings about "star-crossed lovers" and how there's "no more crimson and clover." Swinging ballads are rooted in '50s and '60s rock and R&B, while anthemic rockers, like intro track "Pedals," have touches of Arcade Fire bombast and Morrissey melodrama.