For a band that I thought split up long ago, Saliva just keeps on rolling.
While I don’t love Love Lies & Therapy, it’s not the worse I ever heard, or even the worst I’ve reviewed, but I expected better. The record starts well with ‘Trust’ which is a decent opener and also features ‘Rx’, which was the only single released in the build-up, both of these represent the hard hitting format of the group’s sound. While ‘Go Big or Go Home’ delivers Saliva’s signature rock-rap playing style that had made them famous. The final tune that I enjoyed was the cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘They Don’t Care About Us’, while musically it’s just tuned down to be heavier, I just really got into this one, I didn’t mind MJ back in the day before he got too weird. Apart from these four tracks the rest of the album just felt like a rehash and repetitive.
Had anyone asked me a year ago if Saliva were recording I would have countered with the question “are they still about?” these guys had completely fallen off my radar before I found out about Love Lies & Therapy. While I’m glad they’re still around and still making music (they seem to drop an album every 2-3 years) I sadly think their best days are behind them. While we all know the Nu-Metal revolution is over and most bands have evolved, Saliva has stayed in the past and made very minimal changes to modernize. If you are looking for something new and exciting, keep walking, looking for a throwback to the good old days of the 2000’s, look no further
Written by Dan Harlond
The video below this week is audio only as the band have yet to release a video. Also just for fun I included a Nu-Metal pun somewhere above, points when you spot it. DH