The album Love, Lies &Therapy is a soundtrack accompaniment to life’s infamous and guaranteed changes. The album’s style reflects the painstaking events of a newly chosen path. Saliva has gifted us with an always necessary breakup album.
Love, Lies & Therapy has an undertone of finality. This isn’t a petty argument over household chores, or the noncommittal deletion of an already memorized phone number. This album is packing your bags, burning the rest, and crying over the ashes. Each track is the 10th round boxing bell signifying an end to a tumultuous and bloody battle.
Auto-play of this album will result in a steady march through the agonizing phases of endings, starting with the vengeful tone of “Trust” to the break-free transition felt in “Refuse to Lose.” For those painfully sentimental types who need reflection to justify pain, there is the heart-twisting ballad, “Unshatter Me.” Careful though, as that one could drive even the coldest of hearts to partake in a social media ex-stalking session.
If “Unshatter Me” can cause a reaction from afar, the orchestra accompanied track “Breakdown” will result in a sobbing phone call to the accursed lost love. This track, however, transcends breakups and wraps the listener into a forever remembered comfort. “Breakdown” is the ballad rock genres strive for and only accomplish in generational glimpses.
The theme of Love, Lies & Therapy embodies difficult deviations, yet amongst the album’s angst there are giddy surprises. Like reaching into the classic caramel popcorn boxes from childhood and finding the square stick-on tattoos, tracks like “Go Big or Go Home” and its hype-style aggression as well as a cover of Michael Jackson’s classic, “They Don’t Care About Us” allow a break from the delicious gorging.
This compilation of tracks is a story reflecting resentment, heartbreak, and freedom. For those in the throes of an ending, this is your story, but tread carefully, you will be triggered. Click. Click. Boom.