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House of Love
Best of
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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"I Don't Know Why I Love You," from the House of Love's second self-titled album, was the kind of swirling, pounding, hooky noise that could have been produced in 1968, 1981, or 1990, which is when it actually appeared. A ...  more »

      
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All Artists: House of Love
Title: Best of
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Island / Mercury
Original Release Date: 9/1/1998
Release Date: 9/1/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, British Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731455832327, 0731455832327

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"I Don't Know Why I Love You," from the House of Love's second self-titled album, was the kind of swirling, pounding, hooky noise that could have been produced in 1968, 1981, or 1990, which is when it actually appeared. A guitar-drenched gloss on the Psychedelic Furs' Talk Talk Talk, right down to the "Pretty in Pink" melodic quote near the end, it also assayed that record's delirious ambiguity: "Your face is a foreign food / I really don't know if I should." This generous (15 cuts) collection brings together that high mark with other classics by the Guy Chadwick-led band, including "Christine," "Shine On," "Beatles and the Stones," and "You Don't Understand." Even more valuable with some of the original albums out of print in America, this is a remembrance of a vital, sadly unsung act. --Rickey Wright
 

CD Reviews

The most underrated band ever
hbomb | asia | 07/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Criminally underrated, The House of Love wrote achingly beautiful music that contained a mixture of shiny ringing guitars, pseudo-psychedelic melodies and bursts of noise. A revolving door of guitarists, an uncaring british public that was more interested in a club-conscious pop scene and poor record sales doomed the House of Love by late 1993. The loss was ours indeed. Although not as comprehensive as I would like, this compilation does include most of HOL's best songs. Omitting material from their last album, it focuses on their first three outings. All the big ones are here: shine on, I don't know why I love you, Christine, and the georgeous Safe. Do yourself and favour and find out where bands like Coldplay got their inspiration from."
BRING THIS "HOUSE" INTO YOUR HOME!!!
hbomb | 10/25/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"IN THE LATE 80'S/ EARLY 90'S, WHEN THERE WAS SO MUCH GREAT MUSIC COMING FROM ACROSS THE ATLANTIC , I REMEMBER HEARING A HYPNOTIC TUNE CALLED "I DON'T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU," AND FROM THAT MOMENT ON, I INSTANTLY BECAME A "HOUSE OF LOVE" FAN. THIS "BEST OF..." ALBUM IS DEFINITELY WORTH PURCHASING! THE TURBULENT GUITARS ON SONGS SUCH AS "I DON'T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU", TO THE SOMEWHAT MELANCHOLIC, AMBIENT SOUNDS OF "SHINE ON" AND "CHRISTINE", TO THE MELLOW "BEATLES AND THE STONES", AND "THE GIRL WITH THE LONLINESS EYES" MAKE THIS CD AN EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR ALL" HOUSE OF LOVE" FANS (AS WELL THOSE UNFAMILIAR WITH THEIR MUSIC). BELIEVE ME. YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED... HEARING THIS CD MAKES ONE WISH THAT THE BAND HAD NEVER BROKEN UP."
Gone but not forgotten
hbomb | 11/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This review is not about this album, but about the band. Without HOL, there would be no Radiohead, no Blur, no Coldplay, etc.... Simply one of the most underrated bands of all time. Moody, introspective, poetic lyrics. Simple yet stunning musicianship. Almost impossible to compile a "Best Of," from this band. I would highly, highly recommend the Peel Sessions (if you can find it) and Spy in the House Of Love. A late-80's collection of singles and b-sides. All defy accurate description."