Beginning my review of Strangelove’s self-titled album by comparing it to “Hopes and Fears” by Keane and “Up all night” by Razorlight may be a risky manoeuvre, but at least it’s got your attention, even if it doesn’t pay off. I compare it those albums because almost every track here is a stand-alone hit in my view, not necessarily an appropriate single-release, but each at le...(展开全部) Beginning my review of Strangelove’s self-titled album by comparing it to “Hopes and Fears” by Keane and “Up all night” by Razorlight may be a risky manoeuvre, but at least it’s got your attention, even if it doesn’t pay off. I compare it those albums because almost every track here is a stand-alone hit in my view, not necessarily an appropriate single-release, but each at least has a distinctive sound and an extremely catchy melody. And I can’t help thinking that if only this album had been released around the same time as those other records…it would have proved a lot more popular than it did upon its release some years ago and catapulted Strangelove to the same dizzying heights as those achieved by Keane, Razolight and the numerous other groups who’ve since achieved popularity relatively easily in the wake of bands like Franz Ferdinand. As it was, Strangelove only lasted 3 records from 1994-1998 (with the albums ‘Time for the rest of your life,’ ‘Love and other demons’ and this third and final offering ‘Strangelove’), but even though they might be gone…this album makes it hard to forget them.
I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for this album, but whatever it was I definitely got a bargain. One of the obstacles to really loving Strangelove is probably the fact that on the first listen it sounds incredibly cheesy and obvious, even laughable, but after a while, a long time after the initial phase of only appreciating the catchy melodies vanishes…the honesty of the lyrics really hit home and once you just stop and listen you'll be surprised that there’s actually some quite perceptive stuff here, insights even, small everyday observations maybe, but powerful nonetheless.
‘The Runaway Brothers’ is the track I play most from the album, an easy singles-choice in my opinion- it’s one of the more light-hearted and nostalgic songs and really uplifting (‘Mona Lisa Smile’ is in the same vein and just as elevating). ‘Another night in’ is real easy-going too, but strangely similar to 'Lady Madonna' by the Beatles, and incredibly- that’s not an unfair comparison to Strangelove, because it’s a magical track, very light-hearted, doesn’t take itself seriously, but really impresses with fantastic lyrics. ‘Superstar,’ ‘Freak’ and ‘Little queenie’ are like the blackest night in winter in comparison- bitter, gloomy, angry, cynical and just as starkly honest and compulsive. This is the only album I currently own by Strangelove, I wonder if I can get a couple more bargains…
Another night in………
Looking through my old scrapbook, I search in vain for pleasant memories, tearing out my hair 'till it gets light.
All alone I’m heard to groan, my epitaph…I regret everything.
There’s gonna be no sleep till the bones break through my skin.
Another night in, another night in, I shiver within, a slow handclap begins.
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1. Superstar 2. Freak 3. Someday Soon 4. Wellington Road 5. Whatever Happened To The Runaway Brothers 6. Another Night In 7. Greatest Show On Earth 8. Little Queenie 9. She's On Fire 10. Mona Lisa 11. Jennifer's Song