It’s refreshing to hear an artist evoking the spirit of the 80’s, 90, and the 21st century without sounding cheesy. Michael Cullen’s new album, Love Transmitter, is definitely one of 2013’s best indie albums of the year. While you definitely hear Bowie, Morrissey and plenty of punk/new wave/Goth and garage rock influences, Love Transmitter has plenty of original, reflective lyrics and just lots of really good tracks throughout the album.
While the influences are all over the place, the lead-off single “Do You Believe” definitely will have listeners picking out which artists did Cullen take from the most. Despite that, it is a deeply haunting personal song that will immediately have you thinking Interpol for its musicality while its moody lyrics will have you hearing Morrissey. There’s also plenty of Lower East Side New York City influences as “Transmission,” with its dark, New York City garage rock vibe will get you rockin’ (how often do you feel that on what’s suppose to be a new wave/Goth album?)
”Hey Sister” evokes a Leonard Cohen/Lou Reed sort of vibe while hands down the best track on the album, “All Used Up,” with its 90’s grunge vibe will instantly have you declaring this as one of your favorites songs you’ve heard in like, forever.
Thoroughly enjoyable, this is an album that will be a favorite of critics, discerning music tastemakers, and anyone in the mood for just really excellent music. Kudos to Michael Cullen for providing one enjoyable listening experience.
Author: Rob Perez
Rob Perez is a freelance writer who has been with The Music Universe early on. As a Correspondent for The Music Universe, you will find him writing reviews and live tweeting awards shows.