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  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00005QITW
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PULP We Love Life (2001 UK 11-track CD including Weeds The Night That Minnie Timperley Died & The Birds In Your Gaden picture sleeve CID8110)

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We Love Life­-produced by Scott Walker--is best thought of as the calm after the storm. Pulp's previous album, 1997's This Is Hardcore was the kind of record often made by intelligent and sensitive people who become famous after a lifetime assuming that being famous was what they wanted. Like Radiohead's The Bends, Elvis Costello's This Year's Model, Nirvana's In Utero or most of the solo albums of Scott Walker, This Is Hardcore was twitchy, disgusted, nauseous and distinctly uneasy listening. In contrast, We Love Life is by far the most musically benign album Pulp have been responsible for, emphasising a fondness for string arrangements and gently building melodies that have only been intermittently discernible before now (see "Something Changed" or "Live Bed Show" from Different Class). New songs such as "Bad Cover Version" and "The Trees" are among the most luxuriant Pulp have recorded; having the peerless balladeer Walker in the studio can't have hurt on this front. There is no blunting of the edge in Jarvis Cocker's voice or words, fortunately, even if he seems less concerned with himself these days than previously: opening track "Weeds" seems a touching and courageous hymn of admiration to asylum seekers. --Andrew Mueller

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After their last album, "This Is Hardcore", an often uncomfortable soundtrack to inner crisis and celebrity meltdown, many had written Pulp off and wondered if Jarvis had just lost the ability to write good pop songs.
"We Love Life" deserves to re-establish Pulp as one of the best bands produced in the UK within the last few years. Lyrically, there's the trademark Cocker humour ("The Night That Minnie Timperley Died") and references to places in Sheffield (the epic "Wickerman"), but there's also topical references (asylum seekers in "Weeds") and some gentle romantic sentiments too (especially the gorgeous 60s-style "The Birds In Your Garden" is a more than worthy successor to "Something Changed" on 1995's "Different Class" album).
One thing that really strikes you about this album is just how much the band have developed as musicians, I never realised before what a good guitarist Jarvis is. The production values of 60s icon Scott Walker have obviously encouraged the band to expand their range.
It's a different Pulp, but an improved one. More reflective, more mature and will certainly confound many people's expectations.
It's gorgeous.
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I don't often write these online reviews for my purchases, but when I saw that pulps latest offering only has an average of 4.5 stars, I couldn't sit back and do nothing. After being a little apprehensive about getting this, as I thought pulp had gone all optimism crazed after the back-lash they recieved from 'this is hardcore', but I was most pleasantly surprised. This is an incredible, moving and heartfelt album. You can tell the band have really found their place and arecontent with life, and the experience is enriched because of this. Stand out tracks for me are 'the wickerman', an epic song of life contained within the boundaries of city life, and the beautiful 'roadkill'. Jarvis' lyrics are as witty as ever, and the tunes are equally good. Just as good as all previous efforts, you'll love life with 'we love life'.
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By A Customer on 13 Nov. 2001
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Pulp's new album certainly is their most interesting work to date. Whereas 'Different Class' had broad appeal with its anthems and alternative take on the britpop scene, 'This Is Hardcore' sunk into the depths of depression and seemed only to have relevance for only the diehard pulp fan, or the very broken down and lonely. 'We Love Life' is an entirely different entity. Although some traces of Hardcore still remain, this is an uplifting album, bold and idiosyncratic. The lyrics re-establish Mr Cocker as the finest lyricist of our time, and Scott Walker's production strengthens these songs into a moment of epiphany.
Stand out tracks inlcude the up-tempo 'The Night That Minnie Timperly Died' showcasing an acid blend of disco and rock; 'Bird's In Your Garden' is my personal favourite complete with bird tweeting and sleezey wordplay; 'I Love Life' rocks, as does the magificient 'Bob Lind'.
This is an album that stirs something inside and makes you want to dance. Although the lyrics sometimes chaste, gently nudging you into a pessimistic world view, the majority of the album delivers a serene and beautiful package that warms the cockles.
It seems that Pulp are out of favour in the current music arena, but if this album is anything to go by, they plan to sit back and let a revolution take place before them. This is soul music that really must be listened to.
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From the majestic sewlling of the 'Wickerman', all 8 minutes of it, to the dispear of having to wake up to the idea that the night can't go on forever 'Sunrise' this album takes you on a nature trail of what Cocker and his friends have all been up to since the last album.
The sound is much more unrushed affair and would appeal to any avid listener of the easy listening era, due to the fact the on the outside it all seems to be birds and trees, but after careful listening to the lyrics it is obvious to see Pulp havn't lost the fact that maybe love makes the world go round, and so do break ups.
There are some smashing songs on here that even Scott Walker (Producer of the album) would be proud of namely: 'Wickerman', 'Sunrise', 'Birds in Your Garden', and the lovely 'The Trees'.
Do yourself a favour, dim the lights pour yourself a drink and relax with Pulp's nature... splendid.
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25 seconds into this album you realise two things. 1) How good it is to have Pulp back again and 2) They may have been going for 15 years but there's still nobody to take over the mantle from them.
Some things haven't changed since Pulp were last releasing music. Jarvis Cocker is still a brilliant, frequently amusing and individual lyricist and he still sings about being cast as an outsider far better than anybody else. Still, he's cheered up since "This Is Hardcore" and, although there are fewer memorable choruses than "Different Class", this is still an excellent release and well worth hearing. The band, perhaps overlooked in favour of attention on the lead singer, provide a musical backdrop as fine as ever.
The finest individual song is "Birds In Your Garden", a glorious, beautiful love song not a million miles removed from "Something Changed". It also occasionally sounds a little like UB40's "Kingston Town" but in a good way.
Elsewhere, opener "Weeds" is excellent and "The Night That Minnie Timperly Died" contains a fine riff that matches the quality of the lyrics. "Wickerman" takes you on a long, winding and fascinating journey through Sheffield while "Bob Lind" offers a welcome change of pace. Single "The Trees" and "Bad Cover Version" (which bears a resemblance to Blur's "to the End" and Pulp's own "Sylvia") deserve honourable mentions.
So any criticisms? Well, kind of. A few of songs are stylistically similar (both to each other and songs on other Pulp albums) and there is not as much change in the pace and atmosphere of the songs as there could be. When you consider the quality of the songs and how good the atmosphere is, however, these are minor quibbles.
This album isn't likely to win Pulp many new fans but anybody who likes Pulp is unlikely to be disappointed with this latest collection.
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