Pop/rock debut with great idea, uninspired songs
The members of California-based Tremolo have a generous plan for the royalties they’ll receive from sales of their newest album: donate 50 percent to a charity of their fans’ choosing. Unfortunately, the evidence of a social consciousness proves scant within Tremolo’s songs— romantic lyrics populating garden-variety love ballads. Songwriter Justin Dillon cites U2 as his initial inspiration, and that band’s influence—at least musically—pervades Love, occasionally in a cloying fashion. The songs are FM-radio ready, with slick production and hooks galore, but are wholly unremarkable. Of course, rock clichés have never hurt a band’s chances at popularity, so here’s hoping Tremolo’s benevolence makes a more lasting impact than its music.