Expanding on the template that they presented to us in the critically acclaimed LP World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band, Canadian power pop giants Young Doctors in Love execute one of the most endearing entries in the 2019 songbook thus far in their all-new album …In Love, and it’s got fans of provocative indie rock talking quite a bit this spring. Stylized with accents of surrealism, postmodernity, hybrids of Britpop, noise pop and alternative rock’s fuzz-laden hooks, …In Love takes all of the fragments of intrepid experimentalism that made World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band a hit and pushes them as far to the left as they can possibly go, rendering a blistering sonic ferociousness that I wasn’t completely anticipating ahead of this review, but grew to love just the same.
The music video for the single “Julianna” (one of the six name-based tracks that comprise one-half of the songs here) stays true to Young Doctors in Love’s indie ethos but, much to my delight, it doesn’t act as a self-serving exhibition in egotism in the slightest. This band is, for all intents and purposes, the polar opposite of their vainer American rivals, and the video for “Julianna,” in all of its unfussiness and tightly-arranged vitality, reps that brilliantly. “Julianna,” “Could It Be That We’re Falling in Love?” and “Jodie” all have the chops to be radio-crushers this season, and I hope Young Doctors in Love consider making videos for the latter two tracks in addition to the awesome slice of cinema that they’ve already fashioned for us here.
Harmonies that are as sprawling as the Great Plains act as agents of evocation and expressionism as much as the words do in “Juliette,” “Would You Say That You Love Me?,” “Just Give Me a Little Bit of Your Love” and the gigantic “You Give Me All Your Love (And It’ll Be Alright).” Josh Bowman does an excellent job of making sure that all of the little details in the band’s sound (especially in abstract numbers like “Juiia” and “If U Give Your Love to Me”) are amplified in the meticulously structured master mix, and alongside producer and chief songwriter Clay Puddester, he brings us the most robustly packaged collection bearing the Young Doctors in Love moniker to date. I don’t remember the last time that I heard a pop record with as much of a kick as this one, but then again, it’s been a long while since I had the chance to listen to any new music from this stellar team of rockers.
After becoming wholeheartedly addicted to most everything on …In Love over the past week, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s really no need to debate whether or not this is, in fact, Young Doctors in Love’s big moment. No matter how we dissect this album, it’s a breakthrough for this group of Torontonians that has been long awaited by most of us in the music journalism community, and to be frank, it’s something that I think most of us were already expecting to hear at some point in their storied career. I can’t wait to hear more of this band’s work in the future, but for now, this is about as good as indie rock gets.