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on 6 August 2000
Poor old Love and Money! They possessed too much intelligence to play the record company game, yet were dismissed by the "hip" press as being a teeny bopper band, a kind of watered down Hipsway. In truth this fine compliation shows James Grant's band to be purveyors of tastefully (in the main) assembled music for mature and thoughtful people - hence the poor sales. The album draws on material from all 4 LP's plus a couple of non-LP songs. The running order isn't in chronological order so the listener misses out tracing the growth of the band. Their first releases were cluttered and bombastic and haven't dated very well. "Candybar Express" is as mid-80's as "Wall Street". Things improve with the "Strange Kind of Love" material. Produced by Steely Dan whizz, Gary Katz, the sound is smooth, discreet yet adds an edginess to Grant's songs of elusive love. The band's playing is at turns jazzy but not meandering, funky but not silly. Eventually garnering respectable sales there was no breakthrough single and Grant had missed his opportunity of achieving the fame of his contemporaries like Roddy Frame. Nonetheless, L&M devotees were rewarded with the "Dogs in the Traffic" set which probably contained even stronger song writing and also the introduction of folkish elements to the mix (but don't let that put you off). After the commercial failure of "Dogs...", the band were dropped by Fontana. The final L&M release came out in the Iona Gold label. The songs on "littledeath" were darker than previous material, although there was always a dash of despair in Grant's craft. If you like well played, tasteful, intelligent pop then you could do a lot worse than to buy this cd.
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