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on 22 October 2003
As with all Therapy? albums, this sounds pretty different to what came before it. After the industrial/noise rock of Nurse, and metal-punk-pop of Troublegum, the band decided to change once more, and take things a little slower.
Infernal Love opens with one of an electronic fade-in, courtesy of DJ David Holmes, who also provides electronic noodling between tracks thoughout the album. However, before fans are immediately alienated, a blistering fast outburst of rage begins to play, and the opener 'Epilepsy' suddenly sounds like T? back to normal. Much the same for the album's first single, 'Stories'. After a sense of false security, though, things change. The utterly beautiful, melancholy metal ballad 'A Moment of Clarity', indie-rock style singalong, 'Jude the Obscene', and heartbreaking orchestral acoustic ballad 'Bowels of Love' form the middle passage of the album, and are a big departure from Troublegum's two minute punk outbursts. The album continues in a similar form, even the upbeat songs sounding melancholy and emotional. 'Loose' is the only misstep on the record, sounding exactly like something from Troublegum (except with a normal snare rather than a piccolo one - musician's jargon everyone!), and not coming close to fitting with the rest of the song.
The closing segment of the album features the band's cover of Husker Du's 'Diane', the band turning it into a string quartet arrangment, without a guitar in sight. The album's closer, '30 Seconds', starts in a familiar way, but after a minute or so, Andy's vocals are cut down to repeating 'There is a light at the end of the tunnel', fading into the background behind a cascade of noise, random sounds, guitar improv (in and out of key), and a general sonic freakout. An intense and incredible end to the record.
To compare Therapy?'s albums isn't an easy or advisable thing to do, as they're all pretty different, but I'd go out on a limb by saying this is probably their most 'experimental' album, and certainly their most melancholy.
It's also incredibly beautiful and effective, and worth getting if you're into metal with a twist.
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on 14 October 2001
This just might be the greatest power trio album since Sugar broke up. It's every bit as dark and vicious as Therapy?'s more obscure earlier work, and yet the songcraft is far better. Some of these songs have pop hooks that sink in to the bone, even though they're harsh as 40-grit sandpaper. In the post-Husker Du grunge era, many bands tried to recapture the formula of mixing furious heavy metal with pop songcraft, and none succeeded as well as Therapy? has.
The subject matter is not for the timid. But sometimes if you're feeling traumatized, the most healing thing to do can be to immerse yourself in the black worldview of someone more traumatized than you are... if that someone is a musician of the caliber of Therapy?'s Andrew Cairns.
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on 15 February 2000
This album is simply jam packed with the most triggerhappy, riproaring riffs ever. Therapy have always flirted with metal and that shows, but this album mixes some of the most pop tunes and pop vocals with real crunch grunge guitars - the result is awesome.
Andy Cairns' voice can be as tender as it can be aggressive and distorted as hell. This album has some brilliant moments. From the sweet and moving cover of 'Diane', which will send shivers down your spine with its string arrangements and chilling lyrics, to the real go-crazy anthem track 'Me Vs You', which will have you singing along at the top of your voice and jumping round your room smashing things up.
There are songs which you'll immediately love - 'Loose', 'Stories' - but when you listen to the album a few times, the real classics appear. 'Moment Of Clarity' is the most outstanding track and will bring you back to this album again and again. These guys really are the riff-merchants of the decade. 'Troublegum' and 'Infernal Love' are two must-have albums from the nineties, 'Infernal Love' being the deeper of the two. If you've never heard any Therapy, (you probably will have without realising!) then if you like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Silverchair, why isn't this in your collection? You don't know what you're missing! Classic rock...
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on 18 December 2009
Remember the mid 90s? Remember the horrors of bog standard indie bands all being proclaimed by the press as the saviours of music? Remember the painfully embarrassing and highly orchestrated race for number one between Oasis and Blur? Remember when Therapy? stuck two fingers up at this sad state of affairs and released their third album Infernal Love?

It would have been very easy and very predictable for the band to release Troublegum 2. As listenable as that would have been, it wouldn't have been a patch on this - one of their most consistent and solid albums to date. Infernal Love isn't just a bunch of songs; it's a proper album that rewards listen after listen from beginning to end. From the frightening opener `Epilepsy' to the glorious return to the light that is '30 Seconds', this is a band working together to produce one of their best works. Of course, this drift from the raw anger of Troublegum, while present in the lyrics of the awesome `Me Vs You' as well as `Misery', alienated some fans of their earlier work. Their loss, I thought when I was an angst ridden 17 year old with silly hair, and still do now I'm a 32 year old with no angst and no hair. Infernal Love is the best album Therapy? released in the 90s and while their more recent stuff is still great, this is definitely an essential purchase.

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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 11 April 2014
The summer of 1995. I was 21, 22. It was a bright, warm summer. And in it, the streets were full of shaggy Paul Weller haircuts, of patterned shirts by Ben Sherman, of bright blue jeans, of bands that sounded like The Kinks, The Beatles, that sounded like 30 years past, bands where the abyss was the black of Guiness, and it wasn't so much to be acknowledged but ignored, pretend it doesn't exist, and look! Beer! Girls! Music! Lose yourself in a white line, and all that Champagne Supernova fluff.

No wonder in that Therapy? were the nail that stuck out and would not lie down. After the enormous aberration that was “Troublegum”, the follow up “Infernal Love” was – at best – a band at the height of its creative abilities sheering away from the pack. At the the time, the fake moustaches, the loud black/red suits, the somewhat atonal songs that were neither rock, metal, indie or pop, and yet, all of those songs at the same time, slithered on unpredictable drum patterns that sounded like angry Jazz, and fell through the cracks. No one at the time was that interested in hearing songs of furious, infernal love, of loss, or a 'first side' that moved between the odd pop song - “Infernal Love” birthed three singles, it's predecessor “Troublegum”, a stunning Jacksonesque seven - and dense and coiled growls such as “A Moment Of Clarity”. It's no wonder that for Therapy? It was all a commercial state of more selective fans. The following three years saw Fyfe leave mid-tour, largely radio silence, the birth, life, and death of Britpop which was just about kicking its last when the follow up record “Semi-Detached” appeared in early 1998. For some, though “Infernal Love” joined its two peers – Suede's lauded “Dog Man Star” and the Manics equally personally-apocalyptic “The Holy Bible” in a pantheon of misery classics : dense records made of self-examination and then pouring that energy out into the world around it, records that rewarded repeated exposure.

This is Therapy?'s best record. An 11 song, 49 minute spiritual epic designed for headphone listening. If you wanted to hear bubblegum rock like Green Day, back off, because this is a better band than Green Day ever even hoped to be : if nothing else, “Infernal Love” seperated itself from the oompah oompah nonsense with a commitment to the material. You don't write songs with lyrics like “A face like a bruised vulva, an ass like Jesus' son”, or “Let me try on your dress”, if you're planning on throwing a copy into every front room and headlining stadiums. The trio, who have evolved with every record, then expanded to include Martin McCarrick, former Siouxsie & The Banshees cellist who became a lynchpin of the bands sound for many years as guitarist, cellist, and everything-else-ist, and Andy Cairns – the best songwriter in Ireland that decade, forget Bono – gave us songs as compelling as “A Moment Of Clarity” and “Me Vs You”, that explore in brutal detail the obsessional nature of love and ex-love, and this record really is that of “Infernal Love”, where love is a inferno that burns, a level of hell, where seperation and betrayal are a spiritual torture, this music a roadmap through the wasteland of post-romance desolation, and yet, in every second, there's a defiance, “Here Comes The Misery!”, a stubborn fight to tackle this head on, to wrestle abandonment with a fighting spirit, a need to defeat the depression. Come out fighting with all guns blazing. This is one of the best records of the decade of its birth.

The remastering (by Harvey Birrell) is clear and concise. Somewhat sadly, there are some missed opportunities in this reissue : namely, the David Holmes interludes (that interrupt the flow of the record) are retained, despite being excised for the Japanese release of the album. Additionally, there are some songs not included (An alternate version of “Bowels Of Love” by Andy Cairns solo Mondo Paddy, is absent). Also some live material from the time is not present, though there isn't much space and simply might not have fit on. It's a comprehensive recollection of the extra material that was issued at the time, but its not everything, and there's plenty of extra stuff that isn't on here.
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on 19 July 2002
Most people don't think this album is much cop after Troublegum just because it is different. After listening to it a few times you notice the songs are actually very good. The songs Moment of Clarity and Bad Mother are really good though most people thend to say they aren't. Other great tracks are the Husker Du cover Diane, Stories, 30 Seconds and Loose. The lyrics are as dark and evil as in most Therapy? songs but the album is also pretty depressing. As the title Infernal Love suggests it's about Love going wrong, apart from this the album is a must have for anyone's CD collection.
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on 1 May 2001
After the neck-breaking, power-pop joyride that was Troublegum, Therapy? return with this, their third full length album. Just to set the record straight- this is not "Troulbegum 2". And that is definitely a good thing. The Therapy? boys knew that albums like Troublegum are strictly one-offs. Repeating the formula wouldn't do justice to either a new album and could even damage people's opinions of the origional. Instead, Therapy? have taken the difficult route and come up with something a million miles away from Troublgum. Does it work? Kind of. Some of the songs (Epilepsy, Stories, Loose, Diane) are marvelous. Some however are not. The album just isn't as exciting as Troublegum but then again, few albums are. Overall this is a good album, worthy to sit comfortably in anyone's record collection. Who cares if it doesn't have the same melody to it as Troublegum. Therapy? are a rock band after all.
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on 4 May 2007
Never ones to be pigeon-holed or fixed into any one genre, Therapy? made a radical change in direction here. Next only to their most drastic coup, which was Suicide Pact. This album is beautifully crafted, and the song writting on par with the best out there. This is one of Therapy?'s finest moments. A gem!
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on 6 October 1999
These boys have a good sense of humour, which is shown in theirsongs occasionally. They show great ability to create a 3-minute angry fueled song that is played again and again over the radio so what's in store for us this time. The two singles on the album which are the only two worth really listening to are 'Stories and Loose' this seems to be not really paying any attention to what they are doing anymore. I hope that whatever they do next will be able to bring them back from this as 'Nurse and Troublegum' are in a different class to this album.
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on 26 January 2006
Unbelievably good record. Truly one of the best albums of all time in my opinion. Depressing as hell, yes. Catchy as hell, yes. Beautifully structured, written, performed and produced. 'A Moment Of Clarity' is the greatest Therapy song ever. Other highlights include the all-string Husker Du cover 'Diane' (far superior to the original), 'Me Vs. You', 'Misery', 'Bowels Of Love' and 'Stories'.
Hell, the whole album is a highlight. Love gone bad, death, drug-addled pain and confusion, it's all here and it's the best musical encapsulation of said emotions to date.
Essential, and by far a better album than Troublegum, I don't care what anyone says - even the band themselves.
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