Love Keeps Kicking

Love Keeps Kicking is the third studio album by the English band Martha. It was originally released on 5 April 2019 by Fortuna Pop! in the UK/EU and Dirtnap Records in the US.

Love Keeps Kicking
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
Recorded2018–2019
Genre
Length37:07
Label
Martha chronology
Blisters in the Pit of My Heart
(2016)
Love Keeps Kicking
(2019)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic80/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
The 4058/10[2]
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Clash8/10[4]
DIY4/5 stars[5]
Exclaim!7/10[6]
The Line of Best Fit7.5/10[7]
NME4/5 stars[8]
The Skinny4/5 stars[9]

ReleaseEdit

Martha released the album's first single, "Heart Is Healing", in December 2018, followed by the album's lead single, "Love Keeps Kicking", in January 2019. The album's third single, "Into This", was released in February 2019.[10][11]

Around the album's release, the band received profiles from major music and culture magazines Rolling Stone and NME.[12][13]

The album includes references to the WWE's signature event Wrestlemania, and the American bands Huey Lewis and the News and Against Me!.[13]

Tracks "The Void" and "Lucy Shone a Light on You" are both part of a narrative started on "The Ballad of Lucy Connor (Part 1)" — a track from their first EP — with the former being parts of a story written by the titular character and referenced in the latter.[14]

Track listingEdit

All music is composed by Martha.

No.TitleLength
1."Heart Is Healing"3:09
2."Sight for Sore Eyes"3:45
3."Into This"3:12
4."Wrestlemania VIII"1:48
5."Mini Was a Preteen Arsonist"3:23
6."Love Keeps Kicking"3:53
7."Brutalism by the River (Arrhythmia)"2:37
8."Orange Juice"4:09
9."The Void"3:12
10."Lucy Shone a Light on You"4:17
11."The Only Letter That You Kept"3:42
Total length:37:07

PersonnelEdit

  • J.C. Cairns – vocals, guitar
  • Daniel Ellis – vocals, guitar
  • Naomi Griffin – vocals, bass
  • Nathan Stephens-Griffin – vocals, drums

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Metacritic Review". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  2. ^ Hakimian, Rob (18 April 2019). "The 405 review". The 405. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  3. ^ Thomas, Fred (5 April 2019). "AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Clash Review". Clash. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  5. ^ Richards, Will (5 April 2019). "DIY Review". DIY. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  6. ^ Gormley, Ian (4 April 2019). "Exclaim! Review". Exclaim!. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  7. ^ Lynch, Ben (2 April 2019). "Line of Best Fit review". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  8. ^ Hunt, El (5 April 2019). "NME Review". NME. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  9. ^ Turner-Heffer, Adam (4 April 2019). "The Skinny Review". The Skinny. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  10. ^ Murray, Robin (13 December 2018). "Listen: Martha - 'Heart Is Healing'". Clash. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  11. ^ Rettig, James (28 January 2019). "Martha – "Love Keeps Kicking"". Stereogum. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  12. ^ Connick, Tom (21 March 2019). "Durham posi-punks Martha take on the 'dreadful state of the world' on 'The Void'". NME. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  13. ^ a b Bernstein, Jonathan (11 April 2019). "Martha Are Building a Better World Through Pop-Punk". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  14. ^ Bell, Richard (27 April 2019). "Martha (The VH Interview)". Vulture Hound. Retrieved 1 May 2019.