Album Reviews: Your Love Means Everything by Faultline2.5 stars out of 5
Your Love Means Everything is a little album with a big reputation to live up to. The sophomore effort from Faultline, a.k.a. British knob twiddler David Kosten, was originally released in 2002 and sank without a trace. It's now been picked up by a new U.S. label, Capitol Records, and is being reissued as a "lost classic," unjustly overlooked because two of its key guest performers, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips, didn't get big until just after the album's initial Stateside release. In other words, Capitol is hoping that hordes of listeners will rush out and buy this album now that they've heard "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" and "Clocks."
Not likely. While Kosten's spare, brittle compositions are often quite beautiful, they're hardly mainstream fare, and the familiar voices of Martin, Coyne and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe (who, last we checked, was popular even back in 2002) bring little of their star quality into the equation. That's to everyone's credit; "Where is My Boy?" is a far cry from Coldplay's anthemic rock, and a "Shiny Happy" Stipe would have derailed the delicate charms of the stately "Greenfields." But nothing here is destined for Top of the Pops.
Other guest vocalists fare less well: Joseph Arthur weighs in with a polished but pointless cover of "Wild Horses," and Vordul Megilah's rap on "We Came From Lego Blocks" is as random as the title would suggest. Only Ras B's ragga-styled vocals on "Biting Tongues" mesh well with Kosten's spooky, atmospheric arrangements. The rest of the album is given over to glitchy, melancholy instrumentals, of which only the title track (also served up in an equally haunting version with Chris Martin's vocal) leaves a lasting impression. A lost classic? Hardly. Worth a second look? For fans of IDM and minimalist electronica, sure. - Andy Hermann
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