Lovegod [Us Import] Import
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The Soup Dragon's only commercially successful release, Lovegod was a definitive album of a short-lived but blissful movement in alternative dance that began in the late '80s and ended in the early '90s. Lead with fellow Scotsmen Primal Scream and other proto-trip-hop bands like the Happy Mondays, the Charlatans U.K., the Stone Roses, and the Farm, the scene revolved around community--masses joined in various forms of often chemically enhanced euphoric states, dancing till breakfast and beyond. Like Primal Scream's Screamadelica, this album follows a path clearly cut by the Rolling Stones. Their hazy, blues-on-Ecstasy psychedelic grooves fueled the club-going shoe gazers swaying in place for what could have been forever, while at the same time uplifted souls (and soles) with money-maker shakers like "Backwards Dog" and a cover of the Stones' "I'm Free." Because of its combination of timeless rock influences and its preturntablism dance sensibility, Lovegod has aged well, losing little of its capacity for elation. --Beth Massa
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If you looking for some laid back, chilled out, pool side sundowners vibes, then this is a 'must have'.
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And lest you think I'm some sort of elitist urban sophisticate mourning the death of college radio and its emphasis on the insularity of its scene (rather than the all-embracing universality of Modern Rock stations replacing them as Corporate America warmed up to the potential for some pioneering, previously independent bands to shift major units), let me make it quite clear that I am not dismissive of what the Soup Dragons accomplished with this release; this is at least the second time in the past 20 years that I've replaced a worn-out copy of "Lovegod". Even without the ubiquitous "I'm Free" in heavy rotation during the early fall of 1990, this CD contained a number of other supercharged dance-floor tracks ("Drive the Pain", "Backwards Dog", and "Sweetmeat") that made it a flagship release of the nascent Modern Rock Radio Scene here in the US, with "Softly", "Mother Universe", and "Lovegod" all getting airtime as well. 'Lovegod" is loaded with melodic, psychedelically-tinged tunes that are well-formed, highly danceable, and pleasing to listen to, and I'd stack any of them up against the death-laughs-forever, world won't listen, fashionably alienated pseudo-heavy-metal masquerading as modern rock today. If you're even thinking about getting this, don't think; just buy. You will not regret it.
For that reason, I love it. But if I look past the memories and really listen to it, it's mediocre and fairly repetitive. Once you've heard "I'm Free" and "Sweetmeat," you've heard the album.
Great flashback value, though.