REVIEW OF 2014 DELUXE EDITION,
This review is from: Infernal Love (Audio CD)
Why certain people have an issue with this album is beyond my personal comprehension. Yes. I guess Therapy? could have cobbled together "Troublegum II". But given Andy Cairns vast musical palette I would assume the band would've felt constricted by that easy way out. Dare I admit it, but as a contemporary of Mr Cairns (age wise), I can hear so many different threads at work. Killing joke, Banshees, Fugazi, Joy division etc. The albums final song "30 Seconds" even puts me in mind of "Machine Gun Etiquette" era Damned.In comparison to previous albums "Infernal Love" has a wonderful, almost cinematic quality to it. A maturity. Which as other reviewers have pointed out, puts it head and shoulders above the vile Britpop clogging up the airwaves back then. Oasis? If I had wanted to buy a Beatles Tribute bands album ,Id purchase "Best of The Monkees"!
On to the remaster, which to my ears seems louder but not excessively compressed. A lot of minor information such as background guitar lines etc are more apparent. The bonus tracks are largely around acoustic versions and remixes with a couple of cracking "b sides" .
Damn criminal shame "Infernal Love " isn't more widely known and revered.