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Life Is Sweet Nice to Meet You: Special Edition/+Bonus CD Double CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B00340V8ZY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dead Head Blues
  2. Marlene
  3. There's Nothing Underwater
  4. Intermission
  5. Faculty of Fears
  6. The Big Guns of Highsmith
  7. Romart
  8. I Don't Want to Wake Up Alone
  9. Madame Van Damme
  10. Smooth Day (At the Library)
  11. Intermission 2
  12. Sweetheart
  13. Etude Op. 3 'Goodnight Michalek'
  14. Middle of the Dark
  15. A Bridge and a Goodbye

Disc: 2

  1. Devil in Disguise
  2. Marlene
  3. Madame Van Damme
  4. Faculty of Fears
  5. Sweetheart

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BBC Review

If Lady Gaga was a guitar-toting cool dude instead of a fabulously deranged chart diva, she might be a little like Lightspeed Champion. Bear with us on this. You see, they both boast chameleon-like qualities when it comes to their careers – flitting between this and that sound- and image-wise – and are more than partial to a bit of dress-up.

The latest incarnation of Dev Hynes, aka Lightspeed Champion, finds the ex-Test Icicle and occasional comic book scribe swapping the big-hearted country stomp of his solo debut, Falling Off the Lavender Bridge, for an impressive foray into chamber pop and even, gulp, musical theatre. It’s a winning transformation, however, as from superb opener Dead Head Blues onwards it’s clear that it has allowed him to develop hugely – lyrically, vocally and perhaps most excitingly in his ability to turn complex Chopin- and Todd Rundgren-inspired compositions into big, swooping sing-along ditties.

Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You is an indie opera of sorts. It features heartbreak anthems galore, a couple of intermissions and darkly humorous tales of existential questioning and death all set to a swoonsome concoction of strutting riffs, synths, classical piano, strings, woodwind, xylophones, ukuleles and stomping feet. It even features an all-male choir crooning advice, desperately imploring the songwriter to buck up and attempting to set him on the right path.

Now all of these bizarre influences and bursts of random instrumentation may sound like a confused musical melee on paper, but on this record it works. And wonderfully so. Each track is certainly jam-packed with ideas, but they are woven tight and worked to perfection with the help of producer and mixer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley) who has clearly done a sterling job of making sense of Hynes’ ridiculously overactive imagination.

Highlights a-plenty pop up throughout, but it’s the most poignant offerings that stick with you – namely the epic Faculty of Fears, with its stabbing pizzicato and Pythagoras references, and the soaring I Don’t Want to Wake Up Alone, which features glorious harmonies and an utterly thundering climax. We’re never sure what Hynes will come up with next, but topping this is going to be tough. --Camilla Pia

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From the last album 'Falling Off The Lavender Bridge' Lightspeed Champion has improved very much on his abilities as a songwriter and musician. This album says it all in everything I love about the guy. However, the only bad thing I have to say about this album is that it did not get as much credit as it should have got. Truly a step-up from his debut. 10/10
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Not much good new music coming out but this particular brand of easy listening hits me right in the sweet spot. A very accomplished effort that must have skimmed under the radar, in fact, I think I'll put it on right now!
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This man is absolutely fantastic
This is only his second proper LS album
Every song is a winner
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What can I say about this guy he is so talented the music is memorable the melodies catchy You feel almost fancy listening to this record a bit on the folky indie side but not boring
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