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Album Review

letlive. – If I’m The Devil…

letlive - If I'm The Devil

Warm, intelligent and empowering.

Label: Epitaph
Released: 10th June 2016

Rating: ★★★★

It’s there, clear as day, in the first track of ‘If I’m The Devil…’ letlive have learned to love themselves. That sense of acceptance means they’ve got no reason to hold anything back and, across the carefully constructed eleven tracks of album number four, they don’t.

From bona fide moments of soul-punk (Patrick Stump would be proud) to war, peace and everything in between, the band have taken the fleeting glances scattered across their back catalogue and run to them. Gathering up their eclectic blend of influences, letlive. march forward.

And as diverse, shocking and twisting as the record is, it’s held together with a powerful cohesion. letlive. know how to use their voice and there’s not a moment where it isn’t utterly compelling.

‘Another Angry Song’ shows letlive. can still rage but it, like the rest of ‘If I’m The Devil…’ is so much more than that. ‘Who You Are Not’ wastes no time in throwing open its arms, ‘Nu Romantics’ is a scuzzy alleyway dash with ‘Reluctantly Dead’ burning slow but white hot.

Underneath the glittering welcome mat lies points for discussion. Asking questions about the way you view the world, as well as raising points on power, the record is the launch pad for countless conversations and change at large.

letlive. have always been a band that’s welcomed anyone in, but with ‘If I’m The Devil…’ they’ve got a record to match. Warm, intelligent and empowering, letlive. are on your side but ‘If I’m The Devil…’ isn’t here to lead the charge. Instead it’s all about of self-discovery. A record that’ll make you want to stand up for yourself and choose your own battles. An album that’ll make you believe you can make a difference. ‘If I’m The Devil’ is out for change. Ali Shutler