Love Songs Drug Songs

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Love Songs Drug Songs
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ReleasedMay 7, 2013
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Love Songs Drug Songs
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Love Songs Drug Songs is the first major-label EP (and second overall) by American rock band X Ambassadors, released on May 7, 2013.[1] It spawned one single: "Unconsolable".


Shannon Carlin of described the style of Love Songs Drug Songs as being "in the vein of old '60s soul, '90s R&B, and funk".[2] Matt Collar of AllMusic stated, "Musically, X Ambassadors build a percussive mix of synthesizers, booming drums, and atmospheric guitar lines around vocalist Sam Harris' yearning, robust cry" while revealing "their love for mixing contemporary R&B inflections with a sweeping, '80s new wave sensibility".[3]

According to X Ambassadors frontman Sam Harris, the album is inspired by the "bizarre" and "dreary" town of Ithaca that is "rainy and cold for 80 percent of the time".[4] Nadia Noir of KROQ-FM noted the "sly irreverence and naughty hip-hop style sexual references in some of the songs" on the album.[4] Speaking of the message of the EP, Harris stated, "I don’t know what we want to say. But we have to say something."[2]

Critical reception[]

Writing for AllMusic, Matt Collar rated Love Songs Drug Songs four stars out of five, calling it "a passionate, literate, and moving collection".[3] In a very positive review, Robert Treves of Indie Current said the album "is packed full of triumphant, genre-blending tracks." He commented, "X Ambassadors [...] have really defined their own sound throughout this release."[5]

Track listing[]

Love Songs Drug Songs track listing [6]
  • Noah Feldshuh
  • Sam Harris
  • Casey Harris
  • Adam Levin
  • X Ambassadors
  • Daniel Stringer
2."Love Songs Drug Songs"
3."Down with Me"
  • Feldshuh
  • Levin
  • C. Harris
  • S. Harris
  • X Ambassadors
  • Stringer
  • Feldshuh
  • Levin
  • C. Harris
  • S. Harris
  • Stringer
  • X Ambassadors
  • Feldshuh
  • Levin
  • C. Harris
  • S. Harris
X Ambassadors3:48
Total length:24:03


X Ambassadors
  • Sam Harris – vocals, guitar
  • Casey Harris – keyboard
  • Noah Feldshuh – guitar
  • Adam Levin – drums


Chart (2013) Peak
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[7] 11


  1. ^ "X Ambassadors: Love Songs Drug Songs". AllMusic. May 7, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b Carlin, Shannon (May 31, 2013). "New Music To Know: X Ambassadors Make Funky Debut, With Help From Imagine Dragons". Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Collar, Matt. "Love Songs Drug Songs – X Ambassadors: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b Noir, Nadia (May 30, 2013). "X Ambassadors Playing Your Town Thanks To Imagine Dragons". KROQ-FM. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Treves, Robert (May 10, 2013). "EP Review: X Ambassadors – Love Songs Drug Songs". Indie Current. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "Love Songs Drug Songs - EP by X Ambassadors". Apple Music. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  7. ^ "X Ambassadors Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2017.

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