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Love and Theft

Love and Theft 7/24/2012


Three years after their 2009 debut World Wide Open, Love and Theft is now a duo of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, having lost Brian Bandas sometime in 2011. The departure of Bandas -- who was placed prominently on the cover of World Wide Open, giving the impression that Liles and Gunderson are stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight -- doesn't markedly change the sound of the group, who still specialize in sweet, soft country-pop. Unlike Rascal Flatts -- an early and not inaccurate comparison and not just because they used to share a label, Lyric Street -- Love and Theft never aim for arena bombast, not even when they try to rock & roll a little on "Girls Love to Shake It." They keep things crisp and clean, even finding a way to work in a whistling hook on "Inside Out," one of the sprightlier tunes here, and that cheerful, well-scrubbed persona is endearing even if it's never quite compelling. Then again, Love and Theft never attempt to be gripping: they rely on easy charm, slowly working their way into a listener's good graces, and this eponymous album functions similarly, seeming pleasant enough on first encounter, but with repeated exposure, all the amiability is ingratiating. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Angel Eyes Love and Theft 3:5
  3. 2 Inside Out Love and Theft 3:13
  4. 3 Runnin' Out of Air Love and Theft 3:18
  5. 4 Amen Love and Theft 3:33
  6. 5 If You Ever Get Lonely Love and Theft 3:47
  7. 6 Thinking of You (And Me) Love and Theft 3:23
  8. 7 Town Drunk Love and Theft 4:8
  9. 8 Real Good Sign Love and Theft 3:22
  10. 9 She's Amazing Love and Theft 3:23
  11. 10 Girls Love to Shake It Love and Theft 3:19
  12. 11 Girls Look Hot in Trucks Love and Theft 3:55

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