You're Awful, I Love You

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You're Awful, I Love You
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Studio album by Ludo
Released United States February 26, 2008
Recorded Sound City and Studio Delux in Van Nuys, CA and Sawhorse Studios in St. Louis, MO
Genre Pop rock
Length 48:31
Label Island/Redbird Records
Producer Matt Wallace
Ludo chronology
Broken Bride
(2005)Broken Bride2005
You're Awful, I Love You
Prepare the Preparations
(2010)Prepare the Preparations2010
Singles from You're Awful, I Love You
  1. "Drunken Lament (Digital Only)"
  2. "Love Me Dead"
  3. "Go-Getter Greg"

You're Awful, I Love You is the second full-length studio album by St. Louis pop punk band Ludo and the band's first to be released by Island Records. The title comes from a lyric in their single, "Love Me Dead." The song "Love Me Dead" was featured in a summer 2008 promo for the television series House.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Alternative Addiction 3.5/5 stars[3]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[citation needed]
IGN 7.5/10 stars[4]
People 2.5/4 stars[5]

IGN's Chad Grischow praised lead singer Andrew Volpe's vocals for being "compelling without becoming theatrical" and the mixture of "poppy hooks and macabre lyrics" throughout the track listing but felt that most of them "fall short with bland verses ("Drunken Lament")" and "a little too much pop gloss ("Mutiny Below")". He concluded that, "You're Awful, I Love You is a solid album of straight-ahead rockers, enhanced by some creepy songwriting and fantastic hooks. Ludo's major label debut hints that they probably have a great album or two in them, if they can overcome their inconsistency. Still, you will not want to turn your back on this one, for a few reasons."[4] AllMusic writer William Ruhlmann felt that the band's "songwriting has been dumbed down," noting how "Topeka" squanders its beginning by having a lack of direction and continuous repetition of said beginning, and highlighting "Go-Getter Greg" for having "enough flair" to come from their first album, concluding that "Those who have never heard Ludo may think You're Awful, I Love You is an efficient work of pop/rock. Those who know better will be disappointed."[2] A writer from Alternative Addiction preferred the "darker themed songs ("Love Me Dead", "Lake Pontchartrain")" over the "really bright, energetic and fun ("Please", "Such As It Ends")" but gave credit to the latter for having "some good likability", concluding that the record "brings the band's intelligent and quirky rock to the mainstream, and that's never a bad thing."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Andrew Volpe (except "Topeka" and "The Boat Song", which were written by Tim Ferrell).

You're Awful, I Love You
No. Title Length
1. "Love Me Dead" 4:20
2. "Drunken Lament" 3:09
3. "Please" 3:18
4. "Topeka" 3:04
5. "Lake Pontchartrain" 3:36
6. "Such As It Ends" 3:25
7. "Mutiny Below" 3:40
8. "Streetlights" 4:18
9. "Go-Getter Greg" 3:12
10. "The Horror of Our Love" 4:28
11. "Scream, Scream, Scream" 3:52
12. "In Space" 3:57
13. "The Boat Song (Hidden Track)" 2:52
Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
1. "Safe In The Dark" 4:12
2. "Japan It!" 3:22
  • The album also contains a hidden track in the pregap of the album entitled "Goodbye Bear".


Adapted credits from the liner notes of You're Awful, I Love You.[6]


  1. ^ "Check Out Ludo's "Love Me Dead" in the Season 5 Teaser of FOX's "House"". Universal Music Group. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  2. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. You're Awful, I Love You at AllMusic. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Album Review of You're Awful, I Love You by Ludo". Alternative Addiction. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b Grischow, Chad (March 24, 2008). "Ludo - You're Awful, I Love You". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  5. ^ People review
  6. ^ You're Awful, I Love You (liner notes). Ludo. Island. 2008. B000949702. 

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