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We Love Life CD

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  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00005QITW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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PULP We Love Life (2001 UK 11-track CD including Weeds The Night That Minnie Timperley Died & The Birds In Your Gaden picture sleeve CID8110)

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We Love Life­-produced by Scott Walker--is best thought of as the calm after the storm. Pulp's previous album, 1997's This Is Hardcore was the kind of record often made by intelligent and sensitive people who become famous after a lifetime assuming that being famous was what they wanted. Like Radiohead's The Bends, Elvis Costello's This Year's Model, Nirvana's In Utero or most of the solo albums of Scott Walker, This Is Hardcore was twitchy, disgusted, nauseous and distinctly uneasy listening. In contrast, We Love Life is by far the most musically benign album Pulp have been responsible for, emphasising a fondness for string arrangements and gently building melodies that have only been intermittently discernible before now (see "Something Changed" or "Live Bed Show" from Different Class). New songs such as "Bad Cover Version" and "The Trees" are among the most luxuriant Pulp have recorded; having the peerless balladeer Walker in the studio can't have hurt on this front. There is no blunting of the edge in Jarvis Cocker's voice or words, fortunately, even if he seems less concerned with himself these days than previously: opening track "Weeds" seems a touching and courageous hymn of admiration to asylum seekers. --Andrew Mueller

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I don't often write these online reviews for my purchases, but when I saw that pulps latest offering only has an average of 4.5 stars, I couldn't sit back and do nothing. After being a little apprehensive about getting this, as I thought pulp had gone all optimism crazed after the back-lash they recieved from 'this is hardcore', but I was most pleasantly surprised. This is an incredible, moving and heartfelt album. You can tell the band have really found their place and arecontent with life, and the experience is enriched because of this. Stand out tracks for me are 'the wickerman', an epic song of life contained within the boundaries of city life, and the beautiful 'roadkill'. Jarvis' lyrics are as witty as ever, and the tunes are equally good. Just as good as all previous efforts, you'll love life with 'we love life'.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
After their last album, "This Is Hardcore", an often uncomfortable soundtrack to inner crisis and celebrity meltdown, many had written Pulp off and wondered if Jarvis had just lost the ability to write good pop songs.
"We Love Life" deserves to re-establish Pulp as one of the best bands produced in the UK within the last few years. Lyrically, there's the trademark Cocker humour ("The Night That Minnie Timperley Died") and references to places in Sheffield (the epic "Wickerman"), but there's also topical references (asylum seekers in "Weeds") and some gentle romantic sentiments too (especially the gorgeous 60s-style "The Birds In Your Garden" is a more than worthy successor to "Something Changed" on 1995's "Different Class" album).
One thing that really strikes you about this album is just how much the band have developed as musicians, I never realised before what a good guitarist Jarvis is. The production values of 60s icon Scott Walker have obviously encouraged the band to expand their range.
It's a different Pulp, but an improved one. More reflective, more mature and will certainly confound many people's expectations.
It's gorgeous.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
While it doesn't compare to their last two albums (but then again, what does?!), We Love Life does present Pulp's more earnest and cerebral side. Songs such as "Trees", the vocally layered chorus-friendly single, and the upbeat "Weeds" take the prog rockers out to nature with splendid results. At its best, songs like "Bad Cover Version" (in my opinion, the album's prime cut) and the lovely grandness of "Birds In Your Garden" encapture the towering melodies prevalent in past songs such as "Sylvia" and "Fear." They also offer their songs of Pulpy prose (a la "I Spy"), in half spoken/half sung manners. The ambience of "The Weeds II" is slick and trippy while "Wickerman" moves along in its journey-like storytelling aura. I prefer the former type of Pulp songs, ones with soaring melodies and knock-out choruses, but at the end of the day there is something for every Pulp fan in We Love Life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Different Class was allegedly Pulp at their finest and most commercial, a very clever piece of work. This Is Hardcore was menacing and complex but a fete of genius in hard times. I have a strong suspicion that We Love Life surpasses them both. Musically they have grown up and I would defy anyone vaguely interested in Pulp not to find it the most simplistic and easy to listen to of all the albums to date. The 'nature' theme is an inspiration and certainly an alternative way of saying something.
Sit in a darkened room, close your eyes and get carried away firstly with the resounding intro of 'Weeds', a driving, pounding melody with references to outcasts, freaks and refugees, one of the standout tracks. The conclusion of the song hauntingly and electronically slides into 'Weeds II' (The Origin Of The Species)...shades of Seductive Barry without the melancholy of This Is Hardcore surrounding it and minus the emphasis on sex but just as sensual with its pace, a truly hypnotic song. 'The Night Minnie Timperley Died' is another gem - surely single status? Again a resonating and powerful rythym, possibly one of the most energetic - totally wonderful! Maybe this evolved from a news story somewhere but stories are good to listen to and of course it can make a difference who is narrating them. 'The Trees'...this one is one of those lush delights improved upon by the presence of the harmonious Swingle Singers and they have done true justice to other songs on the album too. I love the song, once I'd managed to convince myself that it did not sound like a Eurovision entry. Prepare to be transported with 'Wickerman'. It is the 'Deep Fried In Kelvin' that we never thought we'd hear again as Jarvis shifts the mood back to Sheffield.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Pulp's new album certainly is their most interesting work to date. Whereas 'Different Class' had broad appeal with its anthems and alternative take on the britpop scene, 'This Is Hardcore' sunk into the depths of depression and seemed only to have relevance for only the diehard pulp fan, or the very broken down and lonely. 'We Love Life' is an entirely different entity. Although some traces of Hardcore still remain, this is an uplifting album, bold and idiosyncratic. The lyrics re-establish Mr Cocker as the finest lyricist of our time, and Scott Walker's production strengthens these songs into a moment of epiphany.
Stand out tracks inlcude the up-tempo 'The Night That Minnie Timperly Died' showcasing an acid blend of disco and rock; 'Bird's In Your Garden' is my personal favourite complete with bird tweeting and sleezey wordplay; 'I Love Life' rocks, as does the magificient 'Bob Lind'.
This is an album that stirs something inside and makes you want to dance. Although the lyrics sometimes chaste, gently nudging you into a pessimistic world view, the majority of the album delivers a serene and beautiful package that warms the cockles.
It seems that Pulp are out of favour in the current music arena, but if this album is anything to go by, they plan to sit back and let a revolution take place before them. This is soul music that really must be listened to.
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