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Life Loves Us [Import]

Nicolette Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (11 July 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Early
  • ASIN: B0009ENFRC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro - Life Is But A Dream - Groovy / Frenchified interlude: Ton Allure
2. Sunshine / Idealistic Interlude: A) Stork B) Bassplayer
3. Jenny / Family values interlude: A) Welsh accent B) So Tired
4. Fire In The Heart / Food Interlude: A) Feast B) Saag Lamb
5. Wholesome / Life Interlude: A) Life Loves Us B) Yesterdays
6. Down day / Nothing Matters Interlude: A) Itís all good B) To think but not think
7. High wave / Benevolent interlude: A) If youíre singing and stuff B/C) Dadís song/One choice, your pick
8. I Am Where The Partyís At / Party Interlude: A) Where are you from? B) Grannyís knighthood
9. Pretty Autumn Shade / Clarity interlude: Be kind unto me
10. Worship / Birthday Interlude: Happy birthday Nicolette
11. Soulfully / Unguent waves: Open demonstrations of affection as natural as breathing
12. Guru / Peace and love interlude: A) Practice B) Family values II - Outro "Life Is But A Dream"

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By mondo
Format:Audio CD
...is what Nicolette offers on her follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Let No-one Live Rent Free In Your Head" from eight years prior. Her writing and singing style still employ the metaphors and mumbles from her past works, but there is something more cohesive about this body of work thematically and in production. The album was predominantley produced by her and the subject matter is such a celebration of self and individualism that it's hard not to get caught up in her "-isms". One can picture her as electronica's "love child" sitting on your shoulder affirming in your ear "Life!! Live it!!! Love it!!! Eat it!!! Breathe it!!!" and the whole album exudes this contagious energy throughout. Even the interludes which are segued between tracks express a universality through dialogue and conversations in different languages from different cultures. This concept is not new but in these times of war, genocide and mass materialism it's a welcome option we need reminding of.
Though some of the songs seem very abstract her voice is what guides you through the more difficult arrangements. One example would be "Sunshine". It could easily be Drum & Bass but it's softer and more abstract having more connections with abstract jazz. Her rendition of Paul Simon's "Feeling Groovy" may seem like an odd choice to cover but it really fits as the lead-off track setting the tone for the rest of the album. That's not to say that every track is bubblely and happy. The track "Down Day" begin in distress but ultimately rummages through the conflict and ends on a positive note through shifting tempos and lyrics. The eastern strings of "Worship" are a little eerie, tense and have much in common with her cover of "Where Have all the Flowers Gone" from '-Rent Free'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life loves Nicolette 6 April 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
So here it is; Nicolette's new record. What can one say? Well quite a lot actually. What a joy to have her voice on the planet. Life loves us? You bet. Life gave us Nicolette's artistic talents to enjoy, learn from and get down to (Check out her back catalogue)! Now I'm not especially religious but I always look forward to sharing in the communion of Nicolette's music. Listening to "fire in the heart" or "Soulfully" reaffirms the truism that life loves us. And the record as a whole cements Nicolette's place as one of this countries unrecognized musical heroes- Nuff said. Buy it now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bootylicious! 7 April 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Loved, loved, loved this album!! Not only is it supremely dancey, but it has deep and meaningful lyrics, and a couple of slowish numbers for when you need a rest. Nicolette's voice is sublime and I think this album is her best yet. My favourite tracks are 'I'm where the party's at', 'wholesome','guru....infact there isn't a track I don't like. Haven't stopped playing it(and dancing round my living room)Can't recommend it highly enough, go buy it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an optimistic self-affirming listen... 4 Jun 2005
By mondo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
...is what Nicolette offers on her follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Let No-one Live Rent Free In Your Head" from eight years prior. Her writing and singing style still employ the metaphors and mumbles from her past works, but there is something more cohesive about this body of work thematically and in production. The album was predominantley produced by her and the subject matter is such a celebration of self and individualism that it's hard not to get caught up in her "-isms". One can picture her as electronica's "love child" sitting on your shoulder affirming in your ear "Life!! Live it!!! Love it!!! Eat it!!! Breathe it!!!". The whole album exudes this contagious energy throughout. The production feels live and spontaneous. The interludes which are segued between tracks express a universality through dialogue and conversations in different languages from different cultures. This concept is not new but in these times of war, genocide and mass materialism it's a welcome option we need reminding of.
Though some of the songs seem very abstract her voice is what guides you through the more difficult arrangements. One example would be "Sunshine". It could easily be Drum & Bass but it's softer and more abstract having more connections with abstract jazz. Her rendition of Paul Simon's "Feeling Groovy" may seem like an odd choice to cover with with it's frenetic, hyper jack-in-the-box beats, it really fits as the lead-off track setting the tone for the rest of the album.
That's not to say that every track is bubblely and happy. The track "Down Day" begins in distress but ultimately rummages through the conflict through shifting tempos and lyrics. The eastern strings of "Worship" are a little eerie, tense and have much in common with her cover of "Where Have all the Flowers Gone" from '-Rent Free'. These tracks unfold after a while and what seemed off-kilter and odd as an arrangement eventually ends up as subliminal and intentionally focused. Nicolette wraps up the album nicely with the mantra "Guru" flaunting sitars and eastern stylings against a backdrop of bubbling house breaks.
Nicolette has crafted a fun and joyous album. Her songs and interludes allow us glimpses into her fun and vibrant world. This joy is the ultimate lasting impression. The energy is contagious and though some may label her as "odd" or "idiosyncratic", it's those characteristics which make her original. The album closer has her voice booming in the distance reminding us that "Life is but a dream"....Truly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Let No One Live Rent Free In Your Head 29 Dec 2005
By bowery boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
which was sonically and musically all over the board and brilliantly experimental. However, Life Loves Us is Nicolette's most consistent release to date. Each track compliments the one before it creating a refreshing and uplifting listening experience. Presently, I AM WHERE THE PARTY'S AT, SOULFULLY and SUNSHINE are the tracks that stick in my head the most. The BIRTHDAY INTERLUDE is another in which Nicolette samples her friends singing Happy Birthday to her and turns in into a 30 second trip hop ditty. WHOLESOME is probably the oldest single released from Life Loves Us(and it is also where the album title comes from). It appears in a completely reworked (and highly superior) version on Plaid's Parts in the Post. The only setback to the disc is Nicolette wrote, produced, programmed and arranged every track. The absence of the production talents of Plaid and Alec Empire are obvious as some tracks (like the chorus of SUNSHINE or all of WORSHIP) are a bit murky and muddled with Nicolette's voice too high in the mix. A friend I played this for said it sounds like she got a Casio keyboard and plunked out a few songs and I can see his point. For example, the opening snyth swoops of SUNSHINE are frighteningly similar to the synth swoops sample on Music Generator for Playstation. It's not that bad, but Life Loves Us could have benefited greatly with an extra hand or two in the pot to stir things up a bit. Overall if you're a fan of Nicolette you won't be disappointed. Well worth the almost 8 year wait. 3 1/4 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, great singer with a unique style. 22 Oct 2005
By Rod Whyte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have most of the Nicollette CDs, and I love this one the most. She brings a bright sunshine and exhuberance to her music. It is like listening to a form of drum and bass, mixed in with electronica. Some of the songs are very infectous and I keep hearing them in my head, and I begin dancing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful and uplifting - best Nicolette album so far!!!! 6 April 2006
By HighestLight - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely Nicolette's masterpiece. You can see the musical connection between this and her last two albums but this by far the most musically audacious, but catchy and infectious album to date. My fave is Groovy, a jiggly cover of the Simon and Garfunkel tune, but all the songs are pure gold. Ranging from ballady symphonic style electronica (fire in the heart) to drumnbass infuenced quirkiness (I Am where the party'sAt, Jenny) to to funky, soulful electronic pop (Wholesome, Soulfully) to whispering violins (Worship). It all sounds like a big colourful sonic celebration. And on top of it all Nicolette's amazing voice sends shivers down your spine. A unique treat - don't miss it!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so good. 12 July 2008
By Solomon Major - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Nicolette is best known for her work with Portishead, a band I generally like. She alone is credited for a mesmerizing track of of the Mission Impossible soundtrack (not in the movie), however. I figured: (member of) a good band, one great song, why not give her a try. Now picture a Portishead album robbed of all of its drama, color and interest, aimlessly ambling about and you pretty much have Life Loves Us.

I don't know, if you are somehow a big Nicolette fan, this might just spin your propeller. If you are buying this because of Portishead, don't.
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