Like a hand coming out of the shadows in a horror movie, Love and Rockets' new release catches you off guard; it's their most cohesive album in 10 years. Continuing the foray into electronica that the boys made with their last release (the dreadful Sweet F.A.
) and mostly abandoning the echo-laden sound of previous efforts, Lift
thrives on fidgeting synthesizers and "riddle me this" electronic percussion. Die-hard fans of L&R's earlier incarnation as three-fourths of Bauhaus
will be thrilled that Peter Murphy cowrote "Resurrection Hex," one of the stronger cuts on Lift
. A collaboration with Luscious Jackson
on "Holy Fool" bubbles under the wicked seediness of Daniel Ash's vocals. Positively wonderful! Make no mistake, they still cast a good gloomy ballad in classic L&R form on "Too Much Choice," but for the most part Lift boasts a new sense of dynamics that you didn't think they had in them. --Jason Josephes
Love and Rockets are as edgy as ever, piling on up-to-the-second dance beats--sprinkled with the synthetic bleeps and gurgles of electronica. -- People