Kat Von D – Love Made Me Do It

Electronic Goth with style

Kat Von D - Love Made Me Do It

Album facts

Release Date: August 27th, 2021
Label: KVD/Kartel Music Group
Genre: , , , , , ,
Discogs: Not avail­able yet
Partially sounds like: Black Nail Cabaret, Client, Nyxx
Final score: 3.9 stars
Matching album cliches: 3 / 7

I must admit I have always admired 'Kat Von D' as a per­son. And prob­ably like most people, I know her from the MTV shows 'L.A. Ink' and 'Miami Ink'. But that was a long time ago. After that, there is a big black hole for me, where I haven't sadly heard any­thing from Kat.

In the last few years I noticed her again as a fea­tured act in our elec­tron­ic music scene. For example, on 'Stardust' by IAMX, 'Black Blood Red Kiss' by Gunship and 'Black Leather' by Prayers. So when I found out in May 2021 that she will release an album I was curi­ous, but also scep­tic­al. But I liked the first music video 'Exorcism' right away and wanted more! But slowly, read here my impres­sions and thoughts about the first solo album of 'Kat Von D'.

An emotional start

To start a solo album with a bal­lad takes a lot of self-con­fid­ence and cour­age. These tend to be the songs that are placed at the end of the record. The song 'Vanish' is not the strongest song on the album in my opin­ion and I would nev­er have chosen it as the open­er. But it is a very emo­tion­al song that also has its moments of intens­ity. It also def­in­itely cre­ates a dark, mel­an­chol­ic goth­ic basic mood. I have a lot of respect for the decision to start the album this way.

The intro gui­tar in the second song 'Enough' and the fol­low­ing soft vocals of 'Kat Von D' is so 80s goth atti­tude. Simply: Wow! That's exactly how it goes through the whole song. Warm ana­logue synths, a quite simple and famil­i­ar drum­beat, beau­ti­ful typ­ic­al "ZIIIIP" synth sounds and a mag­ni­fi­cent chor­us gradu­ally whip the track to its climax.

Dove down to the bot­tom of the dark blue sea
Searching for any traces that are left of me […]

And in your eyes I see my death
It takes so long to catch my breath

Lyrics from ‘Enough’ by ‘Kat Von D’

Yes! Yes! Fucking yes! The song 'Exorcism' is a real dark Synth Pop pearl with so much 80s vibes that I feel like a teen­ager again when listen­ing to it. A nice mid tempo and a juicy bass­line sweeten the begin­ning of the track and the whips pro­pels the song on the right course. Synth sounds like from old action movies provide the ten­sion, while the drums are tuned deep, play­ing up and down the scale almost cliché-like. Vocally, Kat Von D is really great here and fits per­fectly into the song. At this point, con­grat­u­la­tions to the mix­er who mastered the song.

More darkness with famous support

Press shot 'Enough' music video. Photo credit: Franz Szony.
Press shot 'Enough' music video. Photo cred­it: Franz Szony.

On the song 'Protected', 'Kat Von D' brings a well-known vocal part­ner on board. In a duet with 'Peter Murphey' (Bauhaus) he sup­ports the song with his deep, calm voice and cre­ates a wel­come vari­ety in this bal­lad. Side fact: On first listen I thought the vocals were com­ing from 'William Control'. I think the two sing­ers are at least close. I would describe the sound as calm but demand­ing. Here and there are drop sounds imple­men­ted that remind me of the deep, silent and also mer­ci­less ocean. The lyr­ics "take your jour­ney, pro­tec­ted soul" leave a bit­ter­sweet after­taste and make me feel uneasy. This def­in­itely proves that the song comes across authen­tic­ally and touches you emo­tion­ally. Well done!

The song 'Fear You' is anoth­er emo­tion­ally charged bal­lad on the album 'Love Made Me Do It'. Musically, the song sounds some­where between mod­ern Dark Pop and those typ­ic­al 90s Pop bal­lads. Lyrically, how­ever, the song is more pro­found and mel­an­chol­ic than many of its kind. The song gives me goose­bumps and a thought­ful mood.

I'm chas­ing you down this trail of tears […]

And I, I have so many questions
I don't want the answers

Lyrics from ‘Fear You’ by ‘Kat Von D’

Also on the fol­low­ing song 'I Am Nothing' we stay in the same tra­gic, sad mood. 'Kat Von D' demands a lot from us here, because the song is emo­tion­ally chal­len­ging. The song is accom­pan­ied by a nos­tal­gic piano and a blues vibe. Lyrically, the break up with a part­ner is the them­at­ic focus here. The words are rel­at­ively shal­low and avoid com­plex meta­phors, so that every­one can sym­path­ise. At this level, it's nice and refresh­ing. So, if you are in the mood and like soul­ful sor­row­ful songs.

The part where goths starts to dance

'Lost At Sea' makes us want to dance again, at least in terms of tempo and beat. Let's at least say bounce along. Of course, the pro­ver­bi­al title already says that the song doesn't exactly describe pos­it­ive feel­ings or situ­ations. I really like the song and I like the extremely punchy chor­us that makes you sing along already after the second listen.

The song 'Pretending' enters the race with an extremely strong Synthwave impact. The 80s vibes lit­er­ally blast out of the speak­ers and it sounds really awe­some. If the song had been released in the 80s, 'Kat Von D' would be on a par with artists like 'Pat Benatar', 'Kate Bush' or 'Kim Wilde'. The song is 100% suit­able for dance­floors and radio. For me, one of the strongest tracks on the album. Thanks for this.

The song 'Easier Sung Than Said' clev­erly pre­tends to be a bal­lad, but then really takes off. However, through­out the entire tune, the speed is changed again and again and again. This cre­ates a lot of dynam­ics and builds up a fant­ast­ic ten­sion. An abso­lutely great song, which is a unique selling point on the album 'Love Made Me Do It' because of the many tempo changes. I also par­tic­u­larly like the fre­quently vary­ing synths used here.

'The Calling' is the grand finale on the album 'Love Made Me Do It'. Again a bit quieter, but for­tu­nately not the typ­ic­al piano bal­lad. Somehow I think the song would fit very well in a film soundtrack. Probably because of the epic­ally full sound of all the instru­ments you get bom­barded with here. Including the power­ful vocals of 'Kat Von D' which unfolds its full poten­tial espe­cially in the chor­us. The spoken voice samples in the bridge also con­trib­ute to the mood of a film soundtrack. They sound like they come from a tele­phone receiv­er of a clas­sic noir film.

New goth queen or temporary ink?

First of all: 'Love Made Me Do It' is an abso­lute gren­ade as a solo album. The album is extremely var­ied in tem­pos, moods and genre influ­ences, but always remains beau­ti­fully dark. I like that. I know that 'Kat Von D' wrote the songs over many years. I hope that she still has a few songs in the pipeline and that the fol­low-up album won't take a dec­ade to release. This may sound a bit selfish, but yes, I am wait­ing for more songs from 'Kat Von D'. I have already ordered the album 'Love Made Me Do It' and if you have read this far, I strongly recom­mend you to buy it too.

Track by track rating for: Kat Von D – Love Made Me Do It

Kat Von D - Love Made Me Do It
Kat Von D – Love Made Me Do It
Vanish Intro
Fear You
I Am Nothing
Lost At Sea
Easier Sung Than Said
The Calling
I Am Nothing
Lost At Sea
Vanish Intro

Typical album cliché list for: Kat Von D – Love Made Me Do It