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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Renascent
  • ASIN: B000UVPIWO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,652 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This underrated and undervalued group always seemed to release albums at just the wrong time. 'Babe Rainbow' came out when American grunge was 'in' and the following year's 'Audience With The Mind' was 12 months too soon for Britpop. And this (ironically, much delayed) album came out just when the UK was going Madchester crazy.
Stangely enough, the opening track,'Hannah', bears some resemblance to 'I Wanna Be Adored', the first song on the Stone Roses' eponymous debut. As it slides away elegantly, it gives way to the shimmering 'Shine On' (the band's only Top 20 hit). The rest of Side 1 (I'm talking in vinyl terms here) is equally impressive, apart from the lumpen 'The Hedonist'.
'I Don't Know Why I Love You' is a rollicking rock song, kicked into life by a guitar riff similar to The Only Ones' 'Another Girl, Another Planet.'
Side 2 opens with the brusque, tumbling 'Never', derided at the time as a poor follow-up to 'I Don't Know Why....', but now sounding fine to these ears. 'Someone's Got To Love You' is a sad, silky love song, but the highlight for me is the next track, 'In A Room.' There's a real sense of drama and momentum in this song,and the lyrics are more straightforward, less opaque, than on other tracks - "When I'm drunk in a room, that's when I think of you."
In retrospect, Guy Chadwick and Co were just born 10 years too early. You can hear echoes of their work in bands of today like Coldplay and Snow Patrol. The same keening, shimmering guitars, the same sense of drama and dynamics. Yeah, they coulda been superstars, but for an accident of birth.
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Like the other reviewer i played this to death back in 1990.And 91 ,92 ,93... It is one of my favourite albums of all time.Guy Chadwick`s lyric`s and Terry Bicker`s guitar work on absolute gems like Someone`s Got To Love You , Hedonist ,32nd Floor ,Blind and Beatles And The Stones are first class.I love every single track.1990 was all Stone Roses and the Madchester scene but this to me was an era defining album.
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HOL where one of those bands who whilst getting rave reviews and music press attention always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. That said, do check this album out, you wont be dissapointed,shimmering guitars and choruses to take your head off (check out "i dont know why i love you") ...If you like this then i also reccommend "babe rainbow",another HOL album which was out at the wrong time !! Also the early creation tracks especially,"christine" and "destroy the heart" . You can keep your coldplays,killers and the rest,these guys were miles ahead,they just didnt get the right breaks
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Camberwell wouldn't have been the obvious place for one of the finest and most nascent bands to emerge in Britain in the late 1980,s but that's exactly where House Of Love hailed from. Originally a quintet with three guitarists ,one of them the precociously talented Terry Bickers , the band were led by the distinctly un pop star visage Of Guy Chadwick .Despite the less than promising omens as far as marketability is concerned their debut album released on Creation ( then a hub-bub of inventiveness) in 1988 , is one of the finest guitar albums of that decade and still sounds fresh , vivacious and relevant today.
The album ,like many a great album from that era has long been out of print , but is now available again in a gatefold cardboard sleeve with extensive liner notes . Rejoice. The thing about this album is it was released at a time when guitar bands were taking it to extraordinary new extremes so it's hazy chords refracted through a gauze of psychedelic influences sounded somewhat conventional, even though in actual fact they weren't , but Chadwick was a great song writer and its his almost effortless mastery of that particular speciality that makes this debut album so outstanding.
The album has outstanding imperative tracks like the swaggering "Salome" alongside shimmering taut ballads like "Love In A Car" or "Man To Child" . "Happy" cleverly strides between the two with coalescent reverb drenched bursts set against delicate fronds of sound. "Fisherman's Tale" revolves around chunkier reticulated chords while "Road" clenches the spangled layers of guitar around a muscular chorus with tense percussion. "Hope" tangles gossamer chords over a gorgeous melody and Chadwick's sometimes inspired , sometimes trite lyrics.
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One of the first albums I fell in love with and still am as well as all other house of love releases! - I am still upset that this band did not get the accolades that less deserving bands seemed to get like candy. I urge everyone to listen to a House of Love album or even just a track!
The problem was their music just did not fit into a niche which the music press loves to do and then "baggy" hit and the stone roses/happy mondays took the presses attention away. superb guitar and great songwriting still shine through though now!
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Superb album from a superb band.

Shame they split up because they were superb.

Seen them in concert lots of times and those times were one of the best of my life.

Talented, talented band...
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