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The Lover Speaks


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 1986
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B0007LI1OY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Too good to just fade away.
L.A. Franklin
Anyone that has the chance to get their mitts on it...SNATCH IT UP.
G. Hartsell
This album is steeped in pained romance and loss.
Steve Cruz

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mrs. on December 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I cannot believe this is available. I loved this album when I was just a teen. I loved "No more I love you's" way, way before Annie Lennox covered it. I love her but, the original is by far my favorite. This song is a little darker than the rest of the album. It has a passionate feel to it. I own the vinyl but I haven't been able to find it on cd till now.

I cannot really compare the sound to another band, they are unique in my opinion. I love it for sentimental reasons also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Cruz on September 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
---David Freeman, lead singer for THE LOVER SPEAKS, was the haunting voice with Alison Moyet on "Sleep Like Breathing" from her RAINDANCING release in the 1980s. This album is steeped in pained romance and loss. Eloquent lines like "I desire you, my absent one," "I am a spy spying on myself, a tragic subject," "I used to be lunatic from your precious face," and "Nervous flirtings of a modern soneteer, still faking this art of love" filtered through Freeman's rich and full baritone, and wrapped in deceptively complicated and unforgettable British pop stylings of the late 80s.

---If you love the "new romance" movement within British New Wave - including THE COLOURFIELD, CHINA CRISIS, EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL, STYLE COUNCIL, ALISON MOYET, and many more - this album belongs in your collection. If you have a tendency to stew in your own pain and tears after a breakup, this album, a candle, and a full bottle of intoxicating spirits are just what you need. Freeman's lyrics are sentimental, sometimes sappy, occasionally cryptic, and often cynical. You'll be writing florid love letters to your ex-lovers in no time flat.

---If you are a huge 80s hair band or hardcore punk afficionado, this album may not be for you. For the wide and avid group of fans, music from THE LOVER SPEAKS still endures and we enjoy turning on new listeners to the sound whenever possible.

---Freeman headed up THE LOVER SPEAKS and after a cassette of the project traveled through the hands of THE EURYTHMICS Dave Stewart and ended up in the hands of Jimmy Iovine, the group was signed. Two albums were produced, but this is the only one that was released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Merritt on December 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Not even Annie Lennox making a cover hit out of "No More I Love You's" could keep this album out of the "Shame It's Out-of-Print" File. Comprised of David Freeman and Joseph Hughes and produced by 80's and 90's alt maestro Jimmy Iovine, The Lover Speaks put out this album in 1986, toured briefly with the Eurythmics, then broke up after their sophomore effort was canned by their label. This is saccharine in spots, and the almost omnipresent high-pitched female backing vocalist gets a bit old, but there are some gloriously melodic moments, especially on "This Can't Go On!" It's a bit of an 80's time capsule, so if you enjoyed the poppier artists off the beaten path in that era, The Lover Speaks is worth picking up.
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Format: Audio CD
This is one of my all time favorites from the 80's. I first heard this on cassette tape when a buddy bought it at record store in Nashville. We listened to it over and over again and were just captivated by the lyrics and Freemans voice. I later got married and this record has been a favorite for 23 years. I 've even had friends call me from NYC and ask if I could check the bargain bins to find them a copy of the CD when it went out of print. I hear The Lover Speaks recorded a second album with A& M records which was never released. What would it take to release it!!!!!! there is a cult following of this Duo and you either "get it" or you don't. Highly recommend and I still have my cassette tape and CD of this band. Love love love them.
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Format: Audio CD
David Freeman's only published musical work. Harkons back to an era in music where melodrama and intensity in pop music was just about coming to an end.

Freeman's deep and crisp tenor/baritone is ripe with emotion and lushness. The original "no more I love yous" by far eclipses Annie Lennox's remake, with its overlapping and seering backing harmonies accompanied by suprising key changes.

The rest of the album is also ripe with mid-80's synth/pop balladry and uptempo rock tracks!!!! Highly recommended!
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By mrocnroll on May 8, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Everyone I've played this for, who was around in the 80s, loves it. I'll never regret buying the album and then buying the CD because I loved it so. The only reason I heard it in the first place was because I was working part time in a record shop in the 80s and was intrigued by the cover. I never get tired of listening to it. Has the sound of the 80s written all over it.
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