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4.5 out of 5 stars
Love Bites
Format: Audio CD|Change

on 22 March 2007
I used to listen to this all the time and loved it loads. Being 14 in 1984 I had this on cassette then vinyl. The 1st generation punk had come and was gone but the music was a revelation to me, like discovering something great I wanted more. The Buzzcocks I suppose were neither hard right or hard left of the dial, what Mean is that they were not as hard as the pistols or political as the clash although both The Clash & The Pistols and the like are all brilliant and deserve there place at what they contributed. I believe what the Buzzcocks contributed was a more emotional concept, songs of nostalgia, love, the future, self doubt & subjects of the heart. Buzz saw guitars with great beats mixed in with great lyrics make me believe that it's one of the great punk albums of the 70's and stands up as timeless and fresh today as it was when back then. Quite a wonderful album.
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on 12 May 2004
Maybe this doesn't hit you like their debut 'Another Music in a Different Kitchen', but it's still a great album with the usual well-written songs with great hooks. The single here is 'Ever Fallen in Love', but there are a couple of bonus singles (plus their b-sides) in 'Love you More' and 'Promises'.
The title is obviously a pun with 3 possible meanings. It's obviously not the neck kind, but there are some lyrics that show that love can bite, and it is a collection of love bites (as in sound bites).
There are plenty of good songs here, with lots of good guitar riffs, and Steve Diggle's vocal contribution is on the acoustic 'Love is Lies'. It's definitely a progression from the first album, and certainly doesn't suffer from the drop in quality that most second albums suffer from.
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VINE VOICEon 16 June 2007
Time for an objective view of this album, I think. I bought 'Love Bites' on its 1978 release at the same time as what would prove to be The Jam's life-saver, 'All Mod Cons'. With 'Ever Fallen In Love', the band's most famous song, riding high in the charts, I was optimistic that it would build on The Buzzcocks' classic debut album. The sleek sound of that album was replaced by an edgier, more turbulent production and the songwriting revealed a band who were trying to mature and push their ambition.

The six songs that comprise the first side of the LP suggested that they were achieving their aims. Apart from the single, the best song is probably the breathtaking 'Nostalgia', which Penetration were later to cover on their acclaimed debut album. 'Sixteen Again' would have fitted easily on to their debut, but all of these diverse tracks are impressive. Sadly, they ran out of steam on the second side. 'Walking Distance' is a throwaway instrumental from Steve Garvey; 'Love Is Lies' is an excruciating attempt by Steve Diggle to write a softer love song for acoustic guitar; and 'Late For The Train' is a near six-minute instrumental which contains about a minute's worth of decent material, an obvious piece of filler. Only 'Nothing Left' and 'ESP' are worth their places and the latter has a deliberately overlong fade-out.

Happily, the singles that preceded and succeeded 'Love Bites' are included as bonuses, both typical of the band at their most buoyant and as a band who took their b-sides seriously. 'Lipstick', the b-side which closes the album is built on the Pete Shelley riff that Howard Devoto borrowed for Magazine's classic debut single, 'Shot By Both Sides'. 'Love Bites' is a largely superb album, let down only by a few duff tracks.
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on 7 January 2002
Love Bites is a brilliant album in its own right, but with the 4 bonus tracks, this is a must-buy album for anyone who maybe missed it the first time around."Real World" kicks off in a slightly subdued manner,before"Ever fallen in love" grabs us with the typical buzzcocks hooks that we all know and love.Next follows a blistering few songs that Pete Shelley rips into with great gusto and peaks with Shelley wishing he were "16 again".Steve Diggle takes lead vocals on "Love is lies" and demonstrates a softer side to the Buzzcocks,more in common with his solo work,but even this song grows on you after a while."Nothing left","Esp" and "Late for the train" round off a faultless album, only for the 4 bonus tracks to leave us begging for more."Love you more"and their best single ever,"promises",plus their respective b-sides,only make us wish that all bands could deliver a simple catchy hook that Shelley has perfected over the years.To coin a famous phrase,"If you only buy one album this year,make it this one!!"Check out "Another music in a different kitchen"for more of the same.Punk/pop shouldnt be this good, but it is!!!
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