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  • Audio CD (25 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B00AZKSZSY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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THE HOUSE OF LOVE were one of the most critically acclaimed Indie Rock bands of the late 80s/early 1990s. Their eponymous Creation Records debut album was cited as one of the best albums of 1988 (November 2012's 3-CD deluxe edition has enjoyed rave reviews and impressive sales). SHE PAINTS WORDS IN RED is a brand new studio album by the band, still fronted by the band's singer/songwriter/guitarist Guy Chadwick with lead guitarist Terry Bickers, drummer Pete Evans and bassist Matt Jury.

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I have to agree, this record is much better than the previous effort, which tried to focus too much on their edgy earlier days. With its lovely layered guitars and vocals its much closer to the overlooked butterfly, spy and GWtLE ep era, which in my opinion was guy chadwicks best. Looking forward to its 2021 follow up!!!!!
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One of the biggest misconceptions about The House Of Love in the media is that they crashed and burned the minute they signed to Fontana in 1989. Sure, it was a mistake creatively but the band sold a whole lot more records thereafter than on Creation and also recorded albums which their fans hold up as their very best - Audience Of The Mind, in particular, being applauded by the faithful.

Back in 2005, Guy Chadwick somehow picked up the tatters of The House Of Love with his dignity intact, reuniting with guitarist Terry Bickers in a bid to rekindle some of their early alchemy. Days Run Away, the reesulting album, hinted that the sparks of that magical relationship were still igniting some genuine creativity. Some eight years year, does the much-anticipated She Paints Words In Red build on that promise?

Well, the opening gambit, "A Baby Got Back On Its Feet", feels like a welcome jolt of vintage HOL: that refined mix of edgy tension and serene grace. Sure, there's still angst but it seems focused through years of metaphorical psychotherapy. Bickers' guitars swirl around Guy's conversational single style, like a more modern Neil Young hanging out with a posher, English Lou Reed. Thereafter, the mood dips - more downbeat Sunday than upbeat Saturday night - but the music is more expansive and lush, more suggestive. The title track is a joyous yet mysterious ode to... something. Closing masterpiece "Eye Dream" might even provoke the erroneous "shoegazer" label which isn't necessarily a bad thing. "PKR" embodies the vaguely nostalgic era literally, a revisiting of popular House Of Love B-side "Purple Killer Rose".
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This is a rare gem of an album in a sea of mediocrity. While their 2008 comeback release "Days Run Away" hinted at former glory, "She Paints Words in Red" confirms it....and more. This is a fantastic record with great hooks, fabulous songwriting and no filler. The album (and it is a proper "album") captures perfectly the synergy and interplay between Bickers and Chadwick better than ever here. It's the subtleties that make this an exceptional album - the unexpected CODA's, the bass line on "Holy River" (possibly the best cut), the simplicity of "Lost in the Blues", and the re-worked "PKR" that sounds like this way the way it was always meant to sound. Like all great albums, this grows on you with every listen and sucks you in. Sure, it won't get much airplay, but those of us who do get to enjoy it will cherish this one for years. And, if nothing else, let's hope this spurs HOL on to make another album while they're in the mood? John Peel would have been a happy man with this.
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The House of Love have been away too long. This is a great album that continues to grow on me.
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I used to listen to the House of Love a lot when I was a teenager and decided I'd check on their latest album. Verdict?
I love it! It's packed full of enticing melodies, and I think we have here the old Chadwick/Bickers entity at its best.
I see some of the reviews say this album is "mellower" than some of their previous work, and I suppose I have to agree - it's definitely similar in sound and texture to Chadwick's only solo effort some 15 years ago - but still it has the edge that the House of Love always had, and being mellow is not a bad thing per se, in this case it doesn't mean boring, far from it.
Some tracks are incredible, I just can't get them out of my head.
The only "criticim" I can think of is that they chose the wrong song for their single. And also the track that gives its name to the album is arguably the weakest of the lot. But apart from that, it's a really tight, intense, melodic 40 minutes' worth of music.

If only they could get some airplay...
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Item arrived as described and on time.

Is it any good? For me, the first album (1988) was simply stunning. I try to stop looking back with misty eyed nostalgia, but I can't help it!

Couple of outstanding tracks with catchy hooks, couple of (for me) duff tracks. The rest are ok.
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This is a really, really good album. I'm always a little wary that you're going to be disappointed when one of your favourite bands from the past get back together to record new stuff, especially when the 2 main protagonists fell out even further back in the bands history. However, this return is a sparkling album of new songs. It's no great departure from their old style, but somehow seems fresher & more relaxed than previous albums. Sharp is probably a good word to describe it. All 12 songs are fine, which makes the album far more consistent than previous works. They even sound as if they enjoyed making it! Highly recommended.
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