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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MUSIC
  • ASIN: B000002MA9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Midgley on December 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I love Love and Rockets, but I sometimes don't 'get' what their albums are about until long after I've bought them.
I got 'Express' and thought, "It's not like Tones on Tail." But then after a while I loved it.
I got 'Earth Sun Moon' and thought, "It's kind of hippy." But then I couldn't stop playing it.
Well, I got "Sweet F. A.", and thought, "It's really gritty and druggy." I put it away for several years. Only recently have I pulled it out again and given it several close listenings, and some things have come out of it.
The songs are, by turns, beautiful, hypnotic, and groovy.
It's made with care and skill, both in production and musicianship.
There's a sense of humour, world-weariness, and good old-fashioned rock and roll decadence.
In short, this is a very different Love and Rockets album. It grows on you. It might be better than Earth Sun Moon. Maybe even better than Express. It's been in my stereo for days, and I don't know when it's coming out. That's good.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Nachtigall on June 27, 2003
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This is a very dark album.
The chared guitar on the cover from when the studio burned down half way through the recording only begins to describe the emoition in this album. The Album is a piece of art leaving no "single" aside. It's facinating after listening to the album how one can tell the exact moment the studio burned down as the mood goes from blues to agro. This is a great album for a dark day. Reminisent of Bauhaus.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair) on March 12, 2002
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This one's pleasantly off the beaten path and adventurously experimenting with different compositions that alternately soothe and rivet the ear drums.
I love how this band evolved from chart stoppers to seasoned artists constantly pushing the envelope and sounding better and better with each passing year. The songs are infectious and full of surprises that make for interesting listening over and over again.
A nice prelude to the magic of Lift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MantoM on April 2, 2004
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I'm a long time Love and Rockets fan and am amazed at how many fans pass this album over for whatever reason. For those looking for Daniel's guitars, David's starkness, and the moody edge that goes with it - it's here. This is probably the closest Love and Rockets come to having a flashback to their Bauhaus days without asking NASA for help.
The sound is clear and simple, and while the first few songs start on the cheerier side, the mood starts to dip and become more angst, reflection, and sarcasm as the album progresses. You can even sense the frustration in getting this album to the store shelves over 3 years, a fire, two record labels, re-recording, lawsuits, and whatever else happened along the way. "Here comes the comedown" sounds like David J has had enough and is starting to lose his mind - good song when you need an energy boost.
Overall, this album is very polished in it's arrangement and song writing while the instrumentation remains straight forward. Songs flow into each other very well without becoming monotonous and there really isn't a dead spot anywhere on this album. This is a good change of pace album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By linv on August 10, 2002
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This is a great record, a real evolution from their earlier albums. The mix is superb, as with all Rubin-oriented stuff. The music is stripped to the essentials and put together cleanly, so each part speaks loudly for itself. The final result is new L&R, pressed right into your face, playing with a raw pathos unreached in their previous material. They haven't been this rough around the edges since the Bauhaus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Voss on February 21, 2000
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Sweet F.A. is, as one reviewer alluded to, both a dark album and immaculately recorded. I am not surprised to read that the folks who listed L&R as their favorite band did not like this record as it is an emotional record, unlike light-hearted fair such as the self-titled album. It is also true that Sweet F.A. seems a natural extension of Tones on Tail, sharing that brief-lived band's whimsy, darkness, and emotional intensity. Not since "Earth, Sun, Moon" has the band released an album; that is: a cohesive statement, as opposed to a collection of singles.
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Many L&R fans were largely dismayed with 1994's "Hot Trip to Heaven" and 1998's "Lift." Oh sure, some reviewers gave these much praise, but I seriously question their tastes! Well, right in the middle of these two techno disasters is 1996's little gem, "Sweet F.A."

When I first heard this album, I dismissed it largely as either session outtakes from "Earth,Sun,Moon" and/or the 1990 self-titled "Love and Rockets," or rehashed versions of songs that didn't make the final cut. They weren't bad, they just sounded . . . well . . . dated! But why should I have complained? Love and Rockets' first four releases were the stuff that made the band what it was.

I discovered later that "Sweet F.A." was an album that almost didn't happen. In fact, it was supposed to follow the "Love and Rockets" album, but for various reasons was delayed time and time again. Okay, so this explains its similarity to its predecessors.

If you enjoyed the aforementioned predecessors (and you should if you're a true fan), you simply must give this one a spin. Without a doubt, you will find similarities not only to "Earth, Sun, Moon" and "Love and Rockets," but some even hearken back to "Express." Take "Sad and Beautiful World" for example. This track almost sounds like an alternate take of "All in my Mind" from "Express." "Fever" sounds strangely like "No Big Deal." And so on and so on. You get the point.

As one reviewer put it, this album is "cohesive." Essentially, the tracks flow seamlessly into one another --- either literally or thematically. This certainly doesn't mean that some of the tracks can't stand up on their own though. The highlights from this album include the title track, "Use Me," "Fever," and "Sweet Lover Hangover." Go ahead - - - spend a dollar and be in bliss!
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