We Love Life

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We Love Life
Studio album by Pulp
Released 22 October 2001
Recorded 2001
Genre Alternative rock
Length 53:55
Label Polygram, Island
Producer Scott Walker
Pulp chronology
Freshly Squeezed... the Early Years
(1998)
We Love Life
(2001)
Hits
(2002)
Singles from We Love Life
  1. ""Sunrise" / "The Trees"
    Released: 8 October 2001 (2001-10-08)
  2. ""Bad Cover Version"
    Released: 15 April 2002 (2002-04-15)

We Love Life is the seventh studio album by Pulp. Released on 22 October 2001 in the UK, and is the band's last album. It reached number 6 in the UK album charts, with a total chart stay of only three weeks.[1]

It is notable for being produced by Scott Walker, whose own album 'Til The Band Comes In is mocked in the lyrics of the song "Bad Cover Version". Cocker claims the lyric was written long before Walker became involved in the album's production.

In October 2011 a petition was started at PulpWiki.net to have a deluxe version of the album released. [2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Blender 4/5 stars [4]
Entertainment Weekly (B) [5]
NME 7/10 stars [6]
Pitchfork Media (8.2/10) [7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [8]

Initial critical response to We Love Life was very positive. The album received an average score of 84 at Metacritic, based on 20 reviews.[9] The music review online magazine Pitchfork Media placed We Love Life at number 194 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Cocker, Banks, Doyle, Mackey, Webber, except where indicated.

  1. "Weeds" – 3:42
  2. "Weeds II (The Origin of the Species)" – 3:58
  3. "The Night That Minnie Timperley Died" – 4:38
  4. "The Trees" – 4:49
  5. "Wickerman" – 8:17
  6. "I Love Life" – 5:31
  7. "The Birds in Your Garden" – 4:11
  8. "Bob Lind (The Only Way Is Down)" – 4:16
  9. "Bad Cover Version" – 4:16
  10. "Roadkill" – 4:16
  11. "Sunrise" (Cocker, Banks, Doyle, Mackey, Webber, Mansell) – 6:02
Bonus tracks

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chartstats.com - Pulp - We Love Life
  2. ^ http://www.pulpwiki.net/Site/Petition]
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. We Love Life at AllMusic. Retrieved on 23 July 2010.
  4. ^ "We Love Life - Pulp > Critic Reviews". Metacritic (CNET Networks, Inc). Blender. Retrieved 3 September 2011. "80 (out of 100)" 
  5. ^ Raftery, Brian M. (26 Aug 2002). "Pulp : We Love Life". Entertainment Weekly (668-669). 
  6. ^ Oldham, James. "We Love Life : Pulp". NME. Archived from the original on 16 November 2001. 
  7. ^ Tangari, Joe (13 Dec 2001). "Pulp: We Love Life". Pitchfork Media. 
  8. ^ Walters, Barry (22 August 2002). "Pulp: We Love Life". Rolling Stone (903). Archived from the original on 13 February 2007. 
  9. ^ "Pulp:We Love Life (2002): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  10. ^ Pitchfork staff (28 September 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 1 October 2009.