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The House Of Love
House of Love
The House Of Love
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
UK reissue of the Smiths-like indie act's second self-titled album, originally released in 1990. 12 tracks including, 'The Beatles & The Stones', ' I Don't Know Why I Love You ', 'Blind' & '32nd Floor'.


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All Artists: House of Love
Title: The House Of Love
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Pid
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 042284229326, 0042284229326, 042284229340, 766488182224


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UK reissue of the Smiths-like indie act's second self-titled album, originally released in 1990. 12 tracks including, 'The Beatles & The Stones', ' I Don't Know Why I Love You ', 'Blind' & '32nd Floor'.

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The end
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The "Butterfly Album" is the end of one of the best indie bands of the last decade. After "The House of Love" recorded for Creation Records this was what everyboy wasn't expecting, a better record than the landmark that "The House of Love" was. Guy Chadwick's lyrics are better and more introspective, the guitars became more important in expressing the feelings contained in the lyrics. The band had great live performances, and after a top ten in Britain, they disappeared from the pop scene. This record remains as something unique that should had continued. It's a "candy" but with a bitter taste, because we can't hear some news from them,although candies are always tasteful. I will listen to this record for a long, long time."
It keeps getting better
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Everyone else may call it the Fontana House of Love album, but I always refer to it as "the Butterfly Album" because of the cover art. This is a thoroughly excellent album of thoughful guitar pop. It ranges from the atmospheric "Hannah", to the introspective "Blind", to the hammering "I Don't Know Why I Love You". The stand out track for me has always been "Se Dest" for the wonderful instrumental part in the middle of the song. While other CD's gather dust from disuse, the "Butterfly Album" stays on steady rotation in my house, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life."
House Of Love
R. Kesler | USA | 11/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Amazingly great groups miss the mark for a variety of reasons, but one of those reasons should never be because an album has no name. Such is the tragic case of The House Of Love, who's initial outing was self titled, as was their second release ... which also went by the name "The Butterfly Album," "The Beatles And Stones Album," and if that weren't enough, it was also referred to as the "Fontana Album," which was the name of their recording label.

So they missed the mark with the name thing ... no big deal. What was a big deal was the sound that came from this unknown band, who here on their second outing found their stride, and laid out a space on the time line of neo psychedelic music that belongs to them alone. Before the tensions of drugs were to shatter the founding members of this band, the lineup read thus, Guy Chadwick on [Guitar and Vocals], Terry Bickers [on Guitar], Chris Groothuizen [on Bass], Andrea Heukamp [on Guitar and Vocals] and Pete Evans [on Drums]. Together, these guy gave us some of the very best psychedelic music of all time ... yes, of all time ... listen to "In A Room," I'm breathless just listening to it as I write.

The music is thick, lush, swirling, tempting, dark and deep, with a resonance that flows into and out of you at the same time. Single notes have the feel of lasting for minutes, while the lyrics grab a hold and tempt you with their complexity, demanding your attention, and holding it from the first to the last chord on this album. There is a contextual flow to this release, drawing deeply from the sounds, visions, and sensibilities born from those heady warm summer days and cool nights of the mid 1960's. It's easy to forget how good this record is ... that's why it will always have a place of prominence in my music library.

I happened to see them on tour, in support of this album, in a really small club in Philadelphia, I managed to speak with them prior to the show and was totally unprepared for what was to come. Their swirling guitars, overlaid with other swirling guitars, blending and bending one song into the next, all to a driving rhythm that just won't stop ... and if that weren't enough, it was all set to a dazzling light show that tripped me right back to my days at the Fillmore in San Francisco during the 60's.

Sometimes I feel that I was waiting for this album my whole life, I just had to get to that point in 1990 to have it all realized ... this album answers every musical need I ever had.

The Beatles and the Stones
Sucked the marrow out of bone
Put the V in Vietnam
The Beatles and the Stones
Made it good to be alone
To be alone ..."