Love Spirals Downwards contains examples of the following tropes:
- Dream Pop — Their original sound when they started.
- Electronic Music — They changed to Drum'N Bass for their last two albums.
- Indecipherable Lyrics — To the point where you think they're singing in a different language. All it takes is Google to clear up that doubt, though.
- Melismatic Vocals — Perry loved this type of singing.
- New Sound Album — 1996's Ever introduced them into the Electronica sound.
- Soprano and Gravel — Crossed over into this every now and then.
- Sweet Dreams Fuel — Like most Dream Pop, you can fall asleep to this.