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Martha: Love Keeps Kicking

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Artist: Martha
Title: Love Keeps Kicking

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Funny thing about kicking: its one of the first and last things we do. In the womb a fetus kicks to announce an imminent arrival. Meanwhile laid out on a stretcher the dying man is still kicking up until his final moment when the last thing he kicks is the bucket. All through life we take our kicks: teenage kicks modern kicks kicks in the gut. These days with the worldwide rise of fascists demagogues abusers and hypocrites the kick we feel most often comes while were down.From their sudden and deliberate first chord on Love Keeps Kicking beloved British punk collective Martha announce their intent to kick back. Across eleven tracks these daughters and sons of Pity Me England show that while our world might be in spiral there is still plenty worth fighting for.In many ways Love Keeps Kicking is a breakup record with each song inhabiting different parts of the process. This year blew my world apart sings guitarist / vocalist Daniel Ellis on album opener Heart is Healing. With lush vocal harmonies and one of the best riffs in Marthas discography Healing explores the uncomfortable period between loves end and when the heart is ready to move on. Elsewhere the opening chords of Orange Juice arguably the best song Martha have written to date echo the kicking of its narrators heart as they suddenly realize with fearful clarity that their longtime relationship is ending-it is Martha at their most heartbreaking hitting a tender bittersweet middle ground between Paul Westerberg and the Pastels.Maturity in punk is often code for boring. Sometimes thats true but if Love Keeps Kicking illustrates anything its the importance of growth in a stunted world-of knowing how to love what you have and how to celebrate the loves youve lost. Martha have already made a case for themselves as this generations Buzzcocks if not this generations Clash and with Love Keeps Kicking fans will likely find themselves discovering even more about the band to love. Because even if the worlds going to shit love keeps kicking. -Mike Huguenor

1.1 Heart Is Healing
1.2 Sight for Sore Eyes
1.3 Into This
1.4 Wrestlemania VIII
1.5 Mini Was a Preteen Arsonist
1.6 Love Keeps Kicking
1.7 Brutalism By the River Arrhythmia
1.8 Orange Juice
1.9 The Void
1.10 Lucy Shone a Light on You
1.11 The Only Letter That You Kept


H 0.16
W 12.03
L 12.35

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