'The Blackest Beautiful’ is a strong, focused record from beginning to end.
The biggest challenge LA punks Letlive face with their fourth album is creating something that matches the awesome, intense power of their acclaimed live shows. Their third, 2010’s ‘Fake History’, managed it in patches with tracks ‘The Sick, Sick, 6.8 Billion’ and ‘Renegade 86’, but ultimately tired later on. Now they’ve addressed their problems, and ‘The Blackest Beautiful’ is a strong, focused record from beginning to end. Opener ‘Banshee (Ghost Fame)’ combines the ferocity of Black Flag with the quirks of vintage Glassjaw, while undoubted album standout ‘Pheromone Cvlt’ captures the band’s blend of deranged hardcore and aching soul perfectly, making this one of the most affecting heavy records of the year.