CD Review: The Ruse “Love S Ex Confusion”

One of the best reasons to go out to see a concert is to check out someone new, someone you’ve never seen or heard of before. I was recently at a concert for the band Honor By August when I saw the band The Ruse for the first time. Although other people in the audience were there to see the band, it was my first experience with the band and their music.

When The Ruse came to Cleveland to share the stage with Honor By August and Luna Halo, they were on tour to promote their new album, Love S Ex Confusion. Love S Ex Confusion had just been released when the band took to the stage in The Pirate’s Cove in Downtown Cleveland for that Monday Night concert. For that concert, The Ruse (which is comprised of John Dauer on vocals, Jim Bilus on guitars, Mark Stolze on bass and Jason Young on drums) played many of the songs that can be found on their new release. It was a great way for the band to introduce the uninitiated to their style of rock.

Love S Ex Confusion is the newest release by the Los Angeles quartet of The Ruse. This follows their previous album releases of Midnight in the City (2008), Live at the Viper Room (2007), Light in Motion (2006) and Invasion (2005)

The new album from The Ruse begins with several songs that could become favorites with the band’s fans. The band’s newest single of “I Can’t Stop” is the first song on the album. The track is a great way to lead off the album, as the song has a strong beat and a refrain that could lead to sing-a-longs.

The next track of “The Sweetness” is also a strong track.

With the next track of “Apache,” the band seems to bring the energy back up to the level that “I Can’t Stop” has. The very strong bass line from Mark Stolze begins the song and keeps the energy of the track up.

It is with “Glitter Not Gold” that The Ruse may have another radio-friendly track just waiting to be placed on many playlists of radio stations around the country. This is followed by yet another song, “Perfect World,” that seems ready to light up radio airwaves.

To be honest, the entire album of Love S Ex Confusion by The Ruse is very strong and the ten tracks that make up the album work well together to make for one strong release. There isn’t one song that seems out of place. If you are a fan of The Ruse, or if you are like I was and have yet to discover the music of the group, Love S Ex Confusion is an album you should check out.

The Ruse is currently on tour in support of their newest release of Love S Ex Confusion. Check out their website or MySpace accounts to find out when the band will be performing at a venue near you.

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