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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lift (Malibu Mix)
  2. R.I.P. 20 C.
  3. Holy Fool
  4. Too Much Choice
  5. Pink Flamingo
  6. Delicious Ocean
  7. Ghosts Of The Multiple Feature
  8. Bad For You
  9. Resurrection Hex
  10. My Drug
  11. Deep Deep Down
  12. Party's Not Over
  13. Lift

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 13, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Ant / Bmg
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000DFDM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As sacreligious as it may seem, this may quite possibly be my favorite L&R cd. Then again, I loved Hot Trip To Heaven, so feel free to ignore the rest of this review if that's the kinda person you are. Still reading? Sweet. Okay, now, I LOVE LOVE LOVE all my other L&R cds, and I can't get enough of Danny's fuzzy/crunchy guitars, but I listen to this one the most. It's some of the sweetest, juiciest most delicious triphoppytechno-ness there is. On top of that, killer lyrics. I'll warn you, though, there's no happy, whimsically trippy Bubblemen-ness, here. However, there is a gratuitous amount of icky old porno theaters, c*m shots, oral sex and the like. Fun fun for everyone!! Who knew David J was such a perv? :) Yes, well, incase that just alienated you, there's the wholesome, oaty goodness of...oh, wait, nevermind. They're all like that, with the exception of "Ressurection Hex", which doesn't really have lyrics (but DOES sample Bauhaus and...yes...ADAM ANT!!), and probably a few others, I can't really remember...but yeah, the music is totally eargasmic techno, and I can say from experience that I've been playing it almost nonstop for a loooong time now and I'm still not tired of it. Unfortunately, this was their last studio album. (Sniff). Well, at least Peter Murphy's making his groovy Turkish industrial world beat goth music....I think. Jeepers, why haven't either of these guys put out any new stuff lately...?
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Love and Rockets seem to have always aimed for surprising themselves and the public (with switching trends and styles, like early J & M Chain for example). With Lift, Love and Rockets just seem to hit a jackpot of artistic ephiphany. This is a landmark album, that weaves together the most diverse array of styles and structures that L & R have ever dabbled in. Best of all, it's strength comes from its cohesion. Most everything they did before seems like it was a smart assemblage of the contrasting Ash stuff and David J stuff. This one really goes way beyond that. From start to finish, it is a solid tour de force. The instrumental "Lift", in it's opening and closing versions, makes a powerful statement, and is staggering in its ambient atmosphere. It seems to me that Ash's interest in electronica peaks right here, and will be hard to surpass in his solo work. Fans of Tones on Tail should be content with Lift's overall interplay of electronic and acoustic sounds.

This album also really captures its time (Y2K, Bauhaus reunion, etc), and yet endures the passing of time since. I have never objected to a L & R album. I actually championed Hot Trip to Heaven's spirit of departure. If you have made objections to certain gestures made by the band, then you may well run into problems with Lift. But if your appetite is as open as the L & R muse, then you will find this listen to be like a nearly flawless diamond (and a possible swansong for a band that spent 20+ together). Too bad their concert touring for Lift was a bit worn out.
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By A Customer on December 23, 1998
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Anyone who wants the good-old goth stuff will be slightly disappointed, but anyone who appreciated good music will enjoy it. It is a new direction in music combining good lyrics, techno, electronica, ambient, gothic, (insert cool word here). In an age when everything is starting to sound the same this album breathes life back into multiple genres.
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Love and Rockets' Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins recently rejoined goth god Peter Murphy for a pointless (although no doubt lucrative) Bauhaus reunion tour-so listeners could have been forgiven for expecting the trio to be equally backwards-looking (and pointless) on their newest album, "Lift". Surprise, surprise, surprise: the Love and Rockets guys must have gotten all of nostalgia (and pointlessness) out of their systems during their on-the-road love-in with Murphy, as "Lift" is easily the best record in the group's erratic, but always irritatingly promising, fourteen-year long career.
Love and Rockets have often dabbled with electronics (most obviously on their Orb-influenced 1994 album, "Hot Trip to Heaven"), but with their latest release, the nominal bass-drum-guitar trio have tackled techno with a vengeance. "Lift" truly lives up to its name as a dance album for the ages, not only for its big beats and hot hooks but also for deftly capturing the aggressive hedonism that permeates dance culture. It's somehow refreshing to hear a group throwing such nasty, drug- and sex-friendly songs in the face of the scary, up-tight times in which we live.
Vocalists Ash and J both possess whispery, hashed-out voices that perfectly complement their subject material, while drummer Haskins and producer Doug Deangelis concoct the sorts of killer bottoms that make your hips want to do all the ugly things your ears are hearing about. Toss in a guest appearance by three-quarters of the divine Luscious Jackson on the better-be-a-hit "Holy Fool" and you've got a disc that evokes a palpable physical response of decadence and desire, even when it's heard in the safety of your own living room. I just shudder to think what "Lift" can do to a crowded dance floor.
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