From his pseudonym to the album's title and lyrical content, it is clear Love is puzzled by that very emotion called love. His missus treats him like shit and/or simply bewilders him, and he wants you to know it. This is laid out on preliminary singles such as the thumping title track, the tuneful "Diminishing Returns" and the recent, more lighthearted "Smoke & Mirrors," whose dramatic, frosted synths fit Love's slightly campy delivery and calculated sentiment like a shiny satin glove.
Co-written by Trash alumni Rory Phillips, "Moscow Girl" is even more shameless in its 1982 pillage. It wouldn't sound out of place next to a Miko Mission rarity or a Fred Ventura studio outtake. "Love in Darkness" is where the album reaches its true acme, though, as the track builds itself around an untiring drum, an arousing chorus and circling acidic bleeps. Then it all ends with "The Night," a placid electronic ballad on which Samantha Lin reconciles Love with the idea that letting your guard down for a night isn't such a devastating prospect after all.
Obviously, it would be pointless to question the matter of authenticity here, but it is also hard to deny Love's plausible investing of Italo tropes. Put Love Harder between Heartbreak's first hit-and-miss album from last year and Azari & III's histrionic yet promising mix of house and synth-pop. Which isn't that a terrible place to be.