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We Love Life

PulpAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00006419M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. WEEDS - Pulp
2. Weeds II (The Origin of the Species)
3. The Night That Minnie Timperley Died
4. The Trees
5. Wickerman
6. I Love Life
7. The Birds in Your Garden
8. Bob Lind (The Only Way Is Down)
9. Bad Cover Version
10. Roadkill
11. Sunrise
12. Yesterday (Hidden Bonus Track)
13. Forever In My Dreams (Hidden Bonus Track

Editorial Reviews

We Love Life­-produced by Scott Walker--is best thought of as the calm after the storm. Pulp's previous album, 1997's This Is Hardcore, was the kind of record often made by intelligent and sensitive people who become famous after a lifetime assuming that being famous was what they wanted. Like Radiohead's The Bends, Elvis Costello's This Year's Model , Nirvana's In Utero, or most of the solo albums of Scott Walker, Hardcore is twitchy, disgusted, nauseous, and distinctly uneasy listening. In contrast, We Love Life is the most musically benign album Pulp have been responsible for, emphasizing a fondness for string arrangements and gently building melodies that have only been intermittently discernible before. There is no blunting of the edge in Jarvis Cocker's voice or words, even if he seems less concerned with himself than previously; indeed, the opening track "Weeds" seems a touching and courageous hymn of admiration to asylum seekers. --Andrew Mueller

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
In England, Pulp is known as the little band that could. After more than a decade of hard work & obscurity, they finally caught the public's attention with 1992's SEPARATIONS, coming at the start of the Britpop explosion Pulp helped gave birth to. Their subsequent albums were shining examples of the trend, but with leader Jarvis Cocker's highly original & biting lyrics to counter the infectious melodies. While bands like Oasis & the Verve relished in the excess that success brought them (and subsequently imploded), Jarvis wasn't impressed by it all, as albums like 1998's extremely dark THIS IS HARDCORE proved.
That album was an all-around stunner & one that following up would seem like a challenge. It sure turned out to be, for WE LOVE LIFE had originally been recorded (and almost completed) with producer Chris Thomas, famous for his work with artists like Elton John. At the last minute, Jarvis wasn't happy with the result & immediately returned to the studio to start from scratch. This time, the man in the producer's chair would be American-born British cult icon Scott Walker. As it turned out, Jarvis' change of heart was warranted, as WE LOVE LIFE manages to overtake even HARDCORE's genius & with a much lighter mood.
At first, the marriage between Jarvis' literate lyrics & Scott's Phil Spector-inspired production techniques would seem like an odd one, but as I kept hearing in the year after WE LOVE LIFE's European release, it worked surprisingly well. As songs like the 8-minute epic "Wickerman" prove, it sure did. The near-whispered vocals & alternately lush & dissonant music make for a spellbinding listening experience. I can just imagine Scott Walker's distinctive baritone singing a song like this.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulp love life - here's a cry against its shabbiness. December 5, 2001
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It seemed appropriate that Pulp should one day be produced by legendary pop recluse Scott Walker. Jarvis has always cited Walker as an important precursor, and Pulp's mix of catchy pop, big choruses, rich settings and dark lyrical content connects with the singer's late-60s, Jacques Brel-inspired output. The result is Pulp's most 60s-sounding album to date, a move away from the disco-John Barry melange that made them famous. This is not the hackneyed 60s of Beatles/Stones/Hendrix/Dylan that has become so wearyingly familiar, but the 60s of Phil Spector (the brittle, Wall of Sound production; the ringing bells of 'Bad Cover Version'), Brian Wilson, Nancy and Lee, Ennio Morricone (especially those ethereal backing vocals against a Western soundscape), the garage snarl of early Velvet Underground, the orchestral flourishes of Walker himself.
But it is the later, more intractable and experimental Walker that seems to govern the album. On initial listens especially, 'We Love Life' has an ugly, claustrophobic feel, short on the epic melodies and accumulative euphoria that made even Jarvis' more misanthropic outpourings so exhilarating. There are songs which sound like old Pulp - the long autobiographical narrative monologue 'Wickerman', the pop jangles of 'I Love Life' and 'Bob Lind'; but these have a tendency to collapse into listener-hostile noise: 'I Love Life' ends in an anguished Gothic scream; the double-bass pleasantly underlaying 'Bob Lind' soon swamps the song in dissonance; the spaghetti western epiphany of the bleak urban history 'Wickerman' is darkened by storm rumbles.
Subsequent exposure doesn't make 'We Love Life' any prettier or more accessible, but it does reveal it as one of the most remarkable albums in years (since 'This is Hardcore', probably).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars they love life, we love Pulp November 17, 2001
By sask
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After their 1995 album Different Class practically defined the sound of mid-nineties Britpop, Pulp returned three years later with the grim, uneven, yet excellent This Is Hardcore, on which they branched out their sound a lot more. It can be seen as a transition album, but upon listening to it, it sounds like they didn't know which direction to take. In 2000, Pulp had the follow-up in the can, but decided ultimately to scrap it. There seemed to be so little focus that their future really looked seriously in doubt. However, their decision to collaborate with reclusive producer Scott Walker this year finally pointed them in the right direction, and 3 1/2 years after This Is Hardcore, Pulp has put out their true defining album. Sort of a combination of the themes explored on their two previous albums, We Love Life tackles both the social satire of Different Class and the introspection of This Is Hardcore, but this time around, the satire is less bitter, and their overall view of things is considerably more optimistic.
Pulp's sound is, and will always be, centred around the lyrics of singer Jarvis Cocker. One of the most talented lyricists in pop music today, Cocker's imagery and self-deprecating humour make each Pulp album more of an experience, like a Mike Leigh film or an Irvine Welsh novel, than a mere collection of tunes. From the music to the lyrics to the artwork, Pulp remain leaders in the the album as an art form, which, sadly, is a dying art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars We Love Life
We Love Life being Pulp's 2001 and their 7th studio album and contained the singles "Sunrise / The Trees" (double A-sided) and "Bad Cover Version". Read more
Published on March 26, 2009 by Bjorn Viberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Hang In There, It Gets Better
I listened to We Love Life the first time in the car CD player while driving up to New England. It starts poorly -- both Weeds deserve the fate of their namesake, to be rooted up... Read more
Published on May 19, 2006 by James Carragher
4.0 out of 5 stars if album titles are any indication...
...jarvis and co. have transitioned nicely into adulthood. after back-to-back-to-back classic albums ('his 'n hers,' 'different class,' and 'this is hardcore') 'we love live' takes... Read more
Published on November 8, 2005 by M. Lohrke
5.0 out of 5 stars mine has a green cover.
sing along


really good song(s)


jarvis cocker

is the vocalist.
Published on March 1, 2005 by space_antelope
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy UK version.
Dear Pulp fan... -- and that's what you must be to be willing to buy this. Otherwise, Pulp's 3 preceding albums are considerably better: "His "n Hers" (1994),... Read more
Published on September 14, 2004 by Iqbal Faizer
2.0 out of 5 stars Try Relaxed Muscle instead
Whilst not a "bad" album, this is a weak final effort from a band that has been consistantly brilliant for more than a decade. Read more
Published on April 11, 2004 by "bloody-l"
2.0 out of 5 stars a disappointment
Thought 'Common People' was a fantastic record, loved the less consistent 'This is Hardore' for its outstanding songs (which were truly outstanding), and kept up w/ the band news... Read more
Published on March 25, 2004 by "grayingpunk"
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid record.
Serious Pulp fans will notice a significant difference when comparing this release to other Pulp albums. This record is a bit more subdued but not in a bad way. Read more
Published on February 23, 2004 by Matthew Jimino
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively Pastoral
I disliked 'We Love Life' the first time I listened to the album. I missed the old Pulp. I really hated "The Trees." The album was relegated to collecting dust. Read more
Published on September 22, 2003 by hip.priest
4.0 out of 5 stars not the best
Not the best album but still above what other bands are doing. A few songs are easily some of their finest (trees for one. Read more
Published on August 12, 2003
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