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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

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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,135 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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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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SEEING L+R BACK IN 86 AND COUNTING MYSELF A LONGTIME FAN I GRADUALLY LOST INTEREST (AFTER SO ALIVE WENT TOP 10) IN MY SECOND FAV TRIO(THE JAM BEING FIRST). WHAT A SUPRISE TO HEAR THIS GREAT MIX OF TRIPHOP AND DOWNTEMPO. IN ADDITION TO THE ACOUSTIC GUITARS AND PINK FLOYD AMBIENCE YOU GET A STRIRRING LUSH MIX- THIS IS KIND OF LIKE EARTH SUN MOON REMIXED INTO A MORE MODERN UPDATED SOUND. THERE ARE A FEW FASTER TRACKS THAT DONT BODE WELL BUT AS A WHOLE THE RECORD IS VERY COHESIVE AND FLOWING. ITS A SHAME MOST FANS PROBALLY LOST INTEREST AND WITHOUT MAJOR PROMOTION THIS SANK FROM SIGHT. FOR FANS OF HOOVERPHONIC-PORTISHEAD-PINK FLOYD- AND FOWARD THINKING MUSIC. ITS GREAT THAT THESE OLD CODGERS ENDED ON THIS HIGH NOTE!
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I have had this one in my collection since it came out in the stores, and was not expecting a techno-influenced album at all. Not like that is a bad thing....it is actually like a breath of fresh air. I really enjoyed the techno beats mixed with the unmistakable sound of Daniel Ash's voice, it was very pleasing to the ears and kept the mind alive. Many people tend to get annoyed by artists changing their style, but it in fact does not change as much as it evolves. And that is exactly what this album is, it seems like an expansion of their style and interests, very kept up to date and not overly exploited. Just like it should be.
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I'll admit that "Earth, Sun, Moon" is my favorite Love and Rockets album, but this is good in another way. Nothing punk or acoustic here, just a very dreamy, lush, and techno cd. It still has the L+R vibe to it, but it's smooth, with only a couple tracks that break the flow. I took the chance and was pleasantly suprised. You may be too. Now if you're looking for "So Alive", that should be on their new "best of" album that finally came out.
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