Another nice review for I Loved You So…
“..this is a record that hurls plenty of surprises in the direction of listeners, but at the end of the day, for all that it lacks in predictability it more than makes up for originality and a charming melodic nucleus that isn’t as common in modern music as it used to be.” – NK, Mobyorkcity.com
The strings tell us a story all their own in “Read Through Tears,” “Sardines and Saltines,” “Flannel Shirt” and “Turn the Key,” and had they not been beefed up by the equalization, I’m not sure that they would have been as expressive an element as they undeniably are on this occasion. Where words can’t equate the broader emotions that Julie Amici & Dean Mueller are trying to impart to the audience in these songs, the guitar fills in the edges with an emotionality that even the most stirring of poetry could never get across to us, no matter how talented the singer translating it into melodic treasure may or may not be. This duo’s contemporaries could stand to learn something from their attention to detail, and more importantly, their adherence to simplicity over unnecessary complexities.
To me, I think that “Daddy,” “Hot in the City” and “I Wanted You” were crafted for the stage more than they were a studio setting, and although I enjoyed each of these songs in the form they’re presented to us in I Loved You So, my gut tells me that they would sound a lot more potent before a live audience. There’s so much heat in the harmonies of “Hot in the City” and “I Wanted You” in particular, and while the mix compensates for the limited space they’re afforded here fairly well, these tracks have unquestionably inspired me to try and see Julie Amici & Dean Mueller the next time they’re in a city near me (mostly to see how well their studio presence translates in person).
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Julie Amici & Dean Mueller are fresh faces in the hierarchy of the American underground, but in I Loved You So, they show off an undeniable potential that is bound to have even the harshest of critics raising an eyebrow this spring. From the rustling grooves of its title track to the somber strings that adorn its closing number in “Read Through Tears,” this is a record that hurls plenty of surprises in the direction of listeners, but at the end of the day, for all that it lacks in predictability it more than makes up for originality and a charming melodic nucleus that isn’t as common in modern music as it used to be.