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4.0 out of 5 stars Lush go Pop!
Lovelife represents a move away from the shoegazing dream pop of previous albums, Spooky and to a certain extent, Split and provides a lurch towards the mainstream. Against the backdrop of 1996's more traditional Britpop sound, Lush produced a lighter textured, poppier sound for this, their third album.

Gone are the high-pitched harmonies of previous work and...
Published on 20 Dec 2005 by Thoughtform

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great moment, patchy overall
This album has some outstanding Britpoppy singles on it. Ladykillers has a hilarious, emotionally articulate and barbed lyric encased in a punchy Elastica-esque guitar rush (complete with stops and handclaps...). Single Girl cracks along with infectious urgency & 500 is perhaps their most beautifully measured tune (with cute lyrics about a little Italian car). Most of the...
Published on 9 Jan 2009 by Not quite rabid


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4.0 out of 5 stars Lush go Pop!, 20 Dec 2005
This review is from: Lovelife (Audio CD)
Lovelife represents a move away from the shoegazing dream pop of previous albums, Spooky and to a certain extent, Split and provides a lurch towards the mainstream. Against the backdrop of 1996's more traditional Britpop sound, Lush produced a lighter textured, poppier sound for this, their third album.

Gone are the high-pitched harmonies of previous work and in come lower register melodies of cracked emotion. Lush have never shied away from lyrical directness and here it is displayed in abundance - 'Childcatcher', 'Ladykillers' and 'Ciao!' all exhibit a biting wit that gives an edge to their infectious tunes. The effect of this shift in style is to emphasise Lush's excellent songwriting rather than submerge it in a mass of effects.

However, whilst the writing on this album offers many songs up to Lush's usual high standard, the overall tone is a little patchy with a few songs included that are merely competent. This is all the more surprising when there exist several excellent songs languishing as B sides on the singles lifted from the album. Why no 'Ex' (possibly one of Miki's finest songs)? Why no 'Tinkerbell', 'Outside World' or 'Dear Me'? There is a curious lack of quality control on this album, which has resulted in some of their better material being left off in favour of one or two ho-hum tunes.

But in the final analysis, this is still a fine album, buoyed by some exuberant playing and wry lyrics. We may only surmise where they might have gone, musically, after this as their career was cruelly curtailed shortly after this release. A great shame.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great moment, patchy overall, 9 Jan 2009
This review is from: Lovelife (Audio CD)
This album has some outstanding Britpoppy singles on it. Ladykillers has a hilarious, emotionally articulate and barbed lyric encased in a punchy Elastica-esque guitar rush (complete with stops and handclaps...). Single Girl cracks along with infectious urgency & 500 is perhaps their most beautifully measured tune (with cute lyrics about a little Italian car). Most of the rest of the songs aren't bad - Last Night is a pleasant but faintly sinister chill-out piece, Heavenly Nobodies is a bit of a belter with a great lyric about the dangers of hero-worshipping & Ciao is fun (though irritating on repeat listens).

The problem is that it doesn't really gel that well as an album. I've never really been able to figure out exactly why. A couple of the songs (Papasan, Olympia) are a bit wishy-washy. Some of the others sound rather similar. Overall, it doesn't have the same coherence, intensity and unity as Split - which with the benefit of hindsight was their masterpiece.

Maybe Lovelife is more like a compilation than a coherent album. Still, it does contain some excellent songs & what happened next is a terrible shame - they were still developing as a band and could well have gone on to produce another great album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated Britpop classic, 3 April 2001
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A brilliant album, the highlight of which is "I've been here before," a sparkling pure pop song. The lyrics are often bitter, frequently hilarious, especially in "Ciao," and there are some great driving tracks like "Ladykillers" and "Single Girl." There are also more mellow, thoughtful tracks like "Olympia." If you liked "On" by Echobelly, or Elastica's first album, you'll like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare delight, 23 Mar 2011
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I cannot believe this album is not generally available on CD and that I had to hunt around the amazon second hand junk stores to find it. Every track is a winner, what a poptastic band. Spot on riffs and great vocal harmony are crammed in everywhere. Ciao is Hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy. Many Thanks, 15 July 2014
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Delivery was first class. Item exactly as stated. Very Happy. Many Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous for post-relationship hate, 10 Nov 2000
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Brilliant album, full of passion and feeling. Ciao with Jarvis Cocker is excellent and also Child Catcher. The singles - Single Girl and Ladykillers are also great. Don't listen with a boyfriend, if you don't hate men before, you will after hearing Child Catcher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memo to the BBC Reviewer, 27 Sep 2011
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Please refrain from pitting one-or in this case-3 against the one under review
There's not really such a thing as "dated music" especially not that by the Cast or Shed Seven.
Though I would still like the music of Lush if they'd failed to sell a single copy I should point out that the Cast,Shed Seven and Menswear had bigger hit singles.Again totally irrelevant to me but they could have had a massive hit if their cover of Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep had been a single
After the Lush years Emma Anderson carried on as part of Sing Sing
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