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Vaguely interesting indie-pop nonsense,
This review is from: The House Of Love (Audio CD)
The other day I was searching my music library for something to listen to whilst undertaking some ironing. Ideally I wanted a record filled to the brim with songs about fast-women and hot-rods. For some reason I decided upon taking this particular nostalgia trip instead.
I have very fond memories of the House of Love; they were for a short period my favourite band. At the time their music provided an appropriate fullstop to the period - comprised as it was of jangly guitar pop pushed through a variety of effects pedals. Since then I've re-appraised my view of the HoL a number of times. However, in the harsh light of 2013 it would be unfair to be too hard on this particular album, which is by far and away their best. Without doubt Guy Chadwick's songs are all addled nonsense and Terry Bicker's guitar playing has yet to reach the dizzy heavy-metal heights of his brief spell with Levitation but nevertheless the band's overwhelming naivety and (relative) innocence result in a charming (if at sometimes irrelevant) record.
Whilst the 'hit' single "Christine" remains the standout track (and uncharacteristically makes a certain amount of sense lyrically), tracks such as "Love in a Car", "Sulpher" and "Fisherman's Tale" also merit repeated listening.
I would recommend this record to all curmudgeons seeking late-80s indie-pop nonsense songs. If that's what you're after you will be rewarded. On the other hand if you're after songs about hot-women and American muscle cars then I'd suggest you look elsewhere.
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Initial post: 10 Aug 2013 23:30:43 BDT
I'm not sure you're reviewing the correct album, this does not contain the songs you mention. This is their 2nd album. It probably was their best album, but Babe Rainbow and Audience for the Mind were close 2nds. And no, i'm not after songs about women and fast cars.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2013 16:34:48 BDT
K. K. Jakubczyk says:
Thank you for your comments. Yes I'm aware that this, the"Creation" album was their second album (following on from earlier Rough Trade release), and looking at the track listings (on my copy) the tracks I mention are all present and correct. Perhaps you're confusing this with the "Butterfly" album ( their first release on Fontana).
In terms of a qualitative assessment, well that's difficult with so much hindsight. As an eighteen year old back in 1988, I loved the HoL but now find them rather lacking in substance. I still find their records entertaining but I struggle to love them in the same way. Sorry, I've obviously become a coldhearted curmudgeon.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2013 13:14:19 BDT
Mark Stewart says:
Nope, it's Amazon that is getting confused! The same reviews are being used for both the 'Butterfly' album and their Creation album.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2013 12:37:17 BDT
K. K. Jakubczyk says:
Thanks for clearing that one up Mark.
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