The Pathological Lovers’ debut album is an hour long propulsive blast of high-energy rock ambition. Jody Richardson with his miracle pipes (voted Best Local Rock Star three years in a row don’tcha know) sounds as passionate and powerful as he ever has, and the production sparkles and snaps as it should. The thing is, though, The Lovers seem to be suffering from a bit of ADD nowadays. Very few songs are played straight. Big left turns, sudden change-ups and complicated wordplay are paramount throughout a lot of the album, and which make it a bit of a challenge to absorb. It would risk being too much to take if it weren’t for the fact that everyone involved is givin’ it their all and playing at the height of their game. But when Jody hits on the vocal hooks and keeps everything as direct as possible, like on songs “Wednesday”, “Change is Good” or the beautiful closer “Parking Lot in Life,” the album really soars.
— Patrick Canning