Like its predecessor, Love of Life is out of print and has not been reissued. Six of the eleven songs appear on the Various Failures compilation, and a further four appear on the Forever Burned compilation. These two compilations therefore contain all the material on this release, except the Jarboe composition "She Cries (For Spider)" and the untitled segue parts.
Trouser Press wrote, "Not as stunning in its passion as the band's best work, Love of Life is still an often beautiful, haunting record."AllMusic wrote, "Love of Life unsurprisingly proves to be yet another Swans masterpiece."