Candy Hearts All The Ways You Let Me Down on Limited Edition LP + Download
When it comes to Candy Hearts' open-book policy, that book is essentially a diary. Since conceiving the band while attending college in upstate New York in 2010, frontwoman Mariel Loveland has used the band as an outlet to vent her feelings and frustrations in honest and relatable ways by way of familiar imagery and revealing, recognizable failings of short-term romance, empathetic tragedies channeled through '90s alternative-soaked pop-rock.
It's a maneuver fully realized on their sophomore full-length, All The Ways You Let Me Down. "This album really spans the whole spectrum of a relationship," says Loveland, "from being single and looking for somebody, to finding someone and then breaking up." All The Ways You Let Me Down details the trek, pinpointing the highs like building emotional bonds during car rides ("The Dream's Not Dead," "Brooklyn Bridge") as well as the lows of unsureness and/or desperation that comes with any escalating relationship ("Michigan," "Coffee With My Friends," "Playing With Fire").
"Coffee With My Friends" and "Playing With Fire" also highlight the relationship one develops with themselves, a theme that subtly inflects "The One To Get Me Out" and other moments on the album. While coming off emotionally wounded, occasionally downtrodden and heavily introspective, Candy Hearts - currently filled out by bassist John Clifford and drummer Matthew Ferraro - have always bundled these sentiments with hook-filled, bubbly, poppy inclinations.
New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert, who took on the band a couple years ago after overhearing their music from a bandmate on NFG's tour bus, has helped polish these intentions as producer for All The Ways You Let Me Down (as well as The Best Ways). He's also helped expose the band to broader audiences, handpicking them as the first act on his Bridge Nine imprint, Violently Happy Records.
Candy Hearts All The Ways You Let Me Down Track Listing:
1. I Miss You
2. The Dreams Not Dead
3. The One To Get Me out
4. All The Ways You Let Me Down
6. Coffee With My Friends
7. Fool’s Gold
8. Somethings Missing
9. Brooklyn Bridge
10. Playing With Fire
11. Top Of Out Lungs