If the ultimate personality test is whether you like Joy Division or New Order better (New Order, duh), it's spooky when Cold Cave has such strong allegiances to both. Dark on the outside, "Love Comes Close" is really sugar pop when you get down to the guitar jangle and get past the vocal's froggy patina. A charming monotone may still be a monotone, but no one said you couldn't inject a little oomph into the steady. Catch Cold Cave live for the sweetest staring contest ever and pick up their singles soon collected by What's Your Rupture?.
June 08, 2009