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This review is from: Forever Changes (Audio CD)
If any criticism could be levelled at Love's first two albums it would be that the first album was too disparate a collection of songs, and that half of da Capo, their second album, comprises a long boring self-indulgent jam (Revelations).
On Forever Changes, however, everything comes together. Every song on Forever Changes belongs on this album and nowhere else - such is this album's and Love's unique sound. The band's sound is also expanded by a range of horns. On some of the tracks (e.g. Alone Again Or) if you close your eyes and listen, you could be in some downtown Mexican suburb listening to a mariachi band... Some people may find the horns over the top. Me, I love them.
Lee's song-writing (and that of his co-pilot Bryan Maclean) also scales new heights on Foreover Changes. But it's not just the song structures, interesting as they are, but Lee's lyrics. These are bizarre, obscure, witty, but never throw away. No doubt their meaning has been the source of many a drunken bar-room conversation.
Pick up any of the band's first three albums - Love, da Capo or Forever Changes and you will find a rich selection of quality songs. How would I classify them? Hmmmm, that's difficult. Slightly Byrds-ish, slightly Doors-ish, slightly Beefheart-ish, slightly Flying Burritos-ish, slightly folk-rockish with a latin twist... Really, though, they created their own distinctive sound... Love are unique - thanks in large part to Lee's distinctive voice, lyrics and song arrangements. Because of this you may not find them an instant 'hit', but if you do fall for their sound, I think you'll find them a life-long love.