Album no. 87/1001
Love are back! Only last week were talking about Da Capo, and here they are again with eleven new songs for us to sample.
The flute is gone on this album, but there are a fair whack of horns and strings to make up for it. There are no eighteen minute epics either, but there’s also only one song under three minutes. Commercially this album didn’t perform as well as Da Capo, but what do the idiot music-buying public know? We’ll find out.
Have you listened to this album before?
NK: No, but this is the second chance Love have got to impress us. They’d better come up with the goods.
CL: Well, I didn’t HATE the last album, so maybe this will be better? Or maybe it’ll succumb to the usual second-album syndrome and be shit.
NK: Look, I gave this a go. I went into it with an open mind. I thought they might have expanded their sound from the first album, and they sort of have. But I kept getting bored halfway through songs. Just tuning out. I honestly tried. Anyway, I liked the horn solo on ‘Alone again or’, and I like the last minute of ‘A house is not a motel’ where the guitars come in out of nowhere and start rocking out. Apart from that this really struggled to hold my attention.
CL: My suspicions were correct. Too much acoustic guitar noodling here. Nothing was very interesting at all. COME ON GUYS.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
NK: If you’ve run out of sleeping pills.
CL: Oh, don’t even bother with it. Especially if you were sort of on the fence about the last one.
Why has this album been included on the list?
NK: I have no idea. I worry that this is pushing us further and further towards folk rock, which I am not at all excited about. This is so boring. I don’t even hate it that much. I struggle to feel anything about it at all.
CL: It’s like we’re sort of slowly being swallowed up in quicksand. The quicksand of incredibly boring music.
Will you be listening again?
NK: Not unless I’m in desperate need of a sedative.
CL: Lord no
Listen to Forever Changes on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.