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Lovelife
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on 25 January 2017
2016 will probably be forever remembered as the year the grim reaper, scythe in hand, sliced through the entertainment world with reckless impetuosity. The music world didn't get off lightly. Bowie, Prince, Cohen, the toll seemed endless, each regrettable passing almost overshadowing the fact that much great music was also born in that tragic year. A ray of light in 2016 was the Lazarus like rebirth of 'Lush' with the eagerly welcomed 'Blind Spot' e.p. How satisfying it was to discover that this band could come back after a 20 year break and sound so good and so vital. 1996's 'Lovelife' was the last offering from 'Lush' before the devastating suicide of drummer Chris Acland prompted the band's chosen hiatus. An album that divides opinions, 'Lush's' flirtation with a Britpop style sound begs the question, would they have carried on along this route had fate not conspired against them? Many a disciple of 'Lush's' earlier 'shoe gaze' period tend to view this album as some kind of sellout. Personally I love both sides of the band and if 'Lovelife' was created to give them a payday, then why the hell not? They'd certainly earned it. All the great singles are here, 500, 'Single Girl', 'Ladykillers', the latter proving that feminism isn't necessarily a po faced domain, it's sharp knowing wit and table turning payoff raising smiles all around. Songwriting duties are shared between singer/ guitarists Emma Anderson and Miki Berenyi, and if in competition it's indeed a healthy and creative one. Anderson's high point comes by way of I've Been Here Before', one of those home truth moments that have you nodding in agreement and empathy. An enduring favourite for 'Lovelife' fans is Berenyi's 'The Childcatcher'. It's a great song, but also every bit as sinister as it sounds. What really makes this a great record though is the band's effortless mastery of a good tune. Catchy riffs, economic usage of horns, strings, and above all great vocals. What more could you wish for? Detractors that accuse 'Lush' of jumping aboard the Britpop gravy train would do well to remember that 'Sleeper','Elastica', 'Echobelly et al would have given their right arms for any of the songs on offer here. The timely appearance of Jarvis Cocker on 'Ciao!' marks a brilliantly inspired moment, Berenyi and Cocker's barbed vocal trade offs luring the listener in like a Lee Halewood and Nancy Sinatra for the 'New Labour' generation.The long awaited appearance of the 'Blind Spot' e.p. is a return to their roots of sorts, so perhaps 'Lovelife' was just a passing phase. 20 years down the line we may never really know, but one thing is certain and that is that this album has stood the test of time.
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on 31 May 2016
Excellent. Quick delivery.
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on 25 November 2015
Great album, the best they did but some great tracks. Glad they are back together.
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on 30 March 2015
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on 15 July 2014
Delivery was first class. Item exactly as stated. Very Happy. Many Thanks.
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on 20 December 2005
Lovelife represents a move away from the shoegazing dream pop of previous albums, Spooky and to a certain extent, Split and provides a lurch towards the mainstream. Against the backdrop of 1996's more traditional Britpop sound, Lush produced a lighter textured, poppier sound for this, their third album.

Gone are the high-pitched harmonies of previous work and in come lower register melodies of cracked emotion. Lush have never shied away from lyrical directness and here it is displayed in abundance - 'Childcatcher', 'Ladykillers' and 'Ciao!' all exhibit a biting wit that gives an edge to their infectious tunes. The effect of this shift in style is to emphasise Lush's excellent songwriting rather than submerge it in a mass of effects.

However, whilst the writing on this album offers many songs up to Lush's usual high standard, the overall tone is a little patchy with a few songs included that are merely competent. This is all the more surprising when there exist several excellent songs languishing as B sides on the singles lifted from the album. Why no 'Ex' (possibly one of Miki's finest songs)? Why no 'Tinkerbell', 'Outside World' or 'Dear Me'? There is a curious lack of quality control on this album, which has resulted in some of their better material being left off in favour of one or two ho-hum tunes.

But in the final analysis, this is still a fine album, buoyed by some exuberant playing and wry lyrics. We may only surmise where they might have gone, musically, after this as their career was cruelly curtailed shortly after this release. A great shame.
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on 9 January 2009
This album has some outstanding Britpoppy singles on it. Ladykillers has a hilarious, emotionally articulate and barbed lyric encased in a punchy Elastica-esque guitar rush (complete with stops and handclaps...). Single Girl cracks along with infectious urgency & 500 is perhaps their most beautifully measured tune (with cute lyrics about a little Italian car). Most of the rest of the songs aren't bad - Last Night is a pleasant but faintly sinister chill-out piece, Heavenly Nobodies is a bit of a belter with a great lyric about the dangers of hero-worshipping & Ciao is fun (though irritating on repeat listens).

The problem is that it doesn't really gel that well as an album. I've never really been able to figure out exactly why. A couple of the songs (Papasan, Olympia) are a bit wishy-washy. Some of the others sound rather similar. Overall, it doesn't have the same coherence, intensity and unity as Split - which with the benefit of hindsight was their masterpiece.

Maybe Lovelife is more like a compilation than a coherent album. Still, it does contain some excellent songs & what happened next is a terrible shame - they were still developing as a band and could well have gone on to produce another great album.
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on 3 April 2001
A brilliant album, the highlight of which is "I've been here before," a sparkling pure pop song. The lyrics are often bitter, frequently hilarious, especially in "Ciao," and there are some great driving tracks like "Ladykillers" and "Single Girl." There are also more mellow, thoughtful tracks like "Olympia." If you liked "On" by Echobelly, or Elastica's first album, you'll like this.
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on 23 March 2011
I cannot believe this album is not generally available on CD and that I had to hunt around the amazon second hand junk stores to find it. Every track is a winner, what a poptastic band. Spot on riffs and great vocal harmony are crammed in everywhere. Ciao is Hilarious.
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on 10 November 2000
Brilliant album, full of passion and feeling. Ciao with Jarvis Cocker is excellent and also Child Catcher. The singles - Single Girl and Ladykillers are also great. Don't listen with a boyfriend, if you don't hate men before, you will after hearing Child Catcher.
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