In 2008/2009, Love & Theft first came on the country scene, and I was only aware because they were proving very popular with the Taylor Swift fans I was friends with. They had a semi-successful single and faded from view. Fast forward to 2012 and they jump back in with Angel Eyes, a hit that seems to do what they know – teen pop music with a bit of twang. I can definitely see them appealing to a new generation of teenage ‘Swifties’ and others like them.
Their self-titled sophomore album recently came out and if you like the lead-off single, ‘Angel Eyes’, then you’re guaranteed to like the rest of the album, as it’s pretty much more of the same. The first single itself is an upbeat, singalong tune characterised by guitar-based pop with additions of mandolins in the background. It’s references to country are based around religious elements, set around the line ‘there’s a little bit of devil in those angel eyes’. A preacher’s daughter who sings in church but goes out drinking at the bar and acting wild, she is depicted as the ‘perfect country girl’. I can imagine there are a lot of young good girls who imagine themselves to be a bit of a rebel at heart, who will love this song. Honestly, any loving song sung by a hot male is going to get girls of most ages out of breath.