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02. Shine On
03. The Beatles and the Stones
04. Shake and Crawl
06. I Don't Know Why I Love You
08. Someone's Got to Love You
09. In a Room
11. 32nd Floor
12. Se Dest
The House of Love's second self-titled album in a row remains something of
a high-water mark in what can loosely be termed U.K. post-punk music, acting
as an effective final statement before the onslaughts of Madchester, grunge,
and Brit-pop. Starting with the snaky crawl of "Hannah, " sidling in
over a series of echoed guitar notes, the 12-song collection does everything
from revisiting past heights to scaling new ones. "Shine On" gets
re-recorded in an arguably much more powerful performance, Evans' drums and
Bickers pounding away out in front, while one early B-side, "The Hedonist, "
is turned from a light acoustic number into a evocative modern blues. Another,
"Blind, " is changed very little, its simple fragility still holding
a soft sway. Everything else is new and quite often stunning, building on the
combination of power and emotion from the first album perfectly. "I Don't
Know Why I Love You" remains the group's definitive single, three and a
half minutes of romantic angst matched by a fiery, perfectly arranged performance.
"Beatles and the Stones, " meanwhile, far from being a nostalgia piece,
refers to the bands in question as "[making] it good to be alone, "
with a rich, melancholic acoustic performance to boot. Add in the fiery performances
on songs like "32nd Floor" or "In a Room" and the result
is a true lost classic.