For those who have witnessed the Revolvers' energetic live performances, the band's relatively subdued full-length album might come as something of a surprise. From its first downbeat love song, "Devotional," to the classic-rock-tinged closing couplet, "Torch" and "The Angel's Share," this quartet tempers its punkish formula with plenty of slow-paced songs. At their most frantic, the Revolvers resemble a decaffeinated version of The Descendents, with the same type of hooks and melodic guitar lines but without the hyperactive bass lines and perky vocals. The singer, Justin, has a tuneful and earnestly emotional voice that's especially well-fitted for the moody "Not Really Blue" and the '50s-prom-theme-style ballad, "Standin' Sadly," while drummer Buddy shines on "There's a Heart" and the speedy "No Depression." Taken on its own merits, Locket Love
is a consistently solid effort, but it's also a revealing look at an introspective side of the band that doesn't always come through at its sweat-drenched concerts.