The pleasant but flat "Philadelphia begins things. The song has an odd vocal sung with a strange slurred accent that becomes quite distracting. It leaves one with the impression of a third generation version of Florence + The Machine.
The outcast here is "Come Here". The song is the only one that betrays a vague rockabilly influence.
Many of the tracks feel as though they want to be cutting edge blues/garage rock a la The Kills or The Dead Weather. The toothless "But Not Forgotten" fails miserably due to a lack of passion. The smoldering "Hooking Up With Girls" and the Heartless Bastards-like "It's Like You're Not Even Trying" are far more successful.
The record caps of with "Storms". The song is a complete departure from what we've heard thus far, being subdued and hauntingly lovely.
In all It Was Romance is a very uneven album, but one that shows glimmers of promise if the group can decide which way they want to go with their sound.
Best tracks: "Storms", "It's Like You're Not Even Trying"
Track listing for It Was Romance:
- Come Home
- But Not Forgotten
- Hooking Up With Girls
- It's Like You're Not Even Trying