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It is also one of the rare albums, you can play front to back without skipping any songs.
Onto the disc at hand: "What A Life" is definately the most New Wave-ish of the DiVinyls's albums, mixed with more of a power rock/hard rock style than New Wave usually has (I'm not really an expert on the style but I have heard and liked some of it). And it's quintessentially DiVinyls, having that unique intangible that's at the core of all their albums, whatever style they're playing, that's always taken bits and pieces of the best of so many genres and subgenres until the DiVinyls almost constitute their own genre.
"Pleasure And Pain" is one of the least typical musically of the group's output, probably because ('cover songs' excluded) it's the only one they've done that none of the band members wrote or co-wrote. It's a great song though, very well written and distinctively performed, about a woman trying to find a way out of an abusive relationship. It's got this poppy beat, strange for a song of its subject matter, but Christina Amphlett's vocals hit all the right notes emotionally and it, like other tracks before and after this album, debunks the notion among critics that DiVinyls only do one kind of lyrical material. "Pleasure And Pain" helps show their true versatility musically and lyrics-wise.Read more ›
This is one of my favorite albums of ALL TIME! "What A Life!" is one of those rare examples of a record that kicks ass from opening note to glorious conclusion; every song, every chord, every lyric intelligently crafted by talented musicians who know how to get a point across to the listener without being pretentious or overbearing. Amphlett's delivery is caustic yet invigorating, raw yet poignant, sweet & sexy yet sinister all at once - a feat only a rare few can attain. Each tune has its own unique identity, yet they blend together seamlessly as if parts of a "concept" album. The instruments accent each other perfectly, & when combined with Amphlett's power they resemble a hard-rocking blues band more than a punk outfit (a la Patti Smith or Concrete Blonde). This record must be listened to in its entirety to get the full impact - cherry-picking is for 80 IQ & under lame-oids!
MTV & VH-1 classify Divinyls as "One-hit Wonders", which shows how much they know about music! Trust me - this band is HOT!! I highly recommend EVERY DIVINYLS RECORD, but this is the best of the best! Do yourself a favor & add "What A Life!" to your collection - you'll never watch music television again!!
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The product was delivered to me in perfect condition and I was very pleased.Published 10 months ago by Steve Jespersen
Fabulous thank u. Hard to find record I was excited to hear. Hasn't left my turntable since purchase. Thank u so much :-)Published 14 months ago by lickenhaffenfillypassenbeck
I'm crazy about DiVinyls. This is a fine time capsule of a record. If you're into the band, you'll really like this one too.Published 23 months ago by Greg Alexander
this album is better than the album that was released in the USA years later. I had bought this album as a record and decided to get the CD because I don't have a turntable... Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by tom
I've had this album (now on CD) since it came out and the first three songs are worth the purchase. After this release they were in it for the $$$ so this is the one to buy.Published on January 19, 2011 by J. A. Brown
Love the Divinyls ever since I saw the video for 'Boys in town'. Remarkably enough Mtv, in it's early 80's transmissions became my introduction along with Night Flight etc. Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by Michael Tucker
I love this cd By Australia's Divinyls...My favorite songs are: Pleasure and Pain and Dear diary..I love Christina's super sexy style. Read morePublished on July 14, 2005 by GIO