Lovelife (album)

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Lovelife
Lush.Lovelife.jpg
Studio album by
Released5 March 1996
RecordedMay – August 1995
StudioProtocol Studios, London
Genre
Length45:52
Label4AD
Producer
Lush chronology
Split
(1994)
Lovelife
(1996)
Ciao! Best of Lush
(2001)

Lovelife is the fourth and final studio album by English alternative rock band Lush. On this album, the band moved away from their earlier dream pop and shoegazing style and embraced a more Britpop-oriented sound. The album was produced by Pete Bartlett and the band at Protocol Studios in London, and engineered by Giles Hall. On release, Lovelife reached No. 8 on the UK Albums Chart.

Background[edit]

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp dueted with Lush vocalist Miki Berenyi on the song "Ciao!"

In 2017, Berenyi revealed via Twitter that the lyrics to the track "Heavenly Nobodies" was about her and a friend's star-struck encounter with Hole frontwoman Courtney Love. She also added that the song was not intended as a dig towards her, and that the riff was inspired by the Monkees and the Kinks.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]
NME7/10[7]
Pitchfork5.8/10[8]

In 2017, Pitchfork placed Lovelife at number 19 on its list of "The 50 Best Britpop Albums".[9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ladykillers"Miki Berenyi3:13
2."Heavenly Nobodies"Berenyi2:59
3."500 (Shake Baby Shake)"Emma Anderson3:30
4."I've Been Here Before"Anderson4:36
5."Papasan"Berenyi2:36
6."Single Girl"Anderson2:35
7."Ciao!" (featuring Jarvis Cocker)Berenyi3:31
8."Tralala"Anderson5:35
9."Last Night"Anderson5:24
10."Runaway"Berenyi3:36
11."The Childcatcher"Berenyi3:17
12."Olympia"Anderson5:04

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
United States 5 March 1996 4AD/Reprise CD 9 46170-2
United Kingdom 18 March 1996 4AD CD CAD 6004 CD
LP (clear-coloured) CAD 6004
Japan 20 March 1996 Nippon Columbia CD/bonus 3" CD COZY-27/28

Singles[edit]

  • "Single Girl" (8 January 1996)
    • CD1 (BAD 6001 CD)
      1. "Single Girl" – 2:36
      2. "Tinkerbell" – 3:06
      3. "Outside World" – 4:05
      4. "Cul de Sac" – 3:39
    • CD2 (BAD D 6001 CD)
      1. "Single Girl" – 2:36
      2. "Pudding" – 3:56
      3. "Demystification" (Zounds cover) – 3:39
      4. "Shut Up" – 3:46
    • 7" vinyl (clear-coloured; AD 6001)
      1. "Single Girl" – 2:36
      2. "Sweetie" – 2:39
  • "Ladykillers" (26 February 1996)
    • CD1 (BAD 6002 CD)
      1. "Ladykillers" – 3:14
      2. "Matador" – 3:01
      3. "Ex" – 3:14
      4. "Dear Me (Miki's 8-Track Home Demo)" – 3:06
    • CD2 (BAD D 6002 CD)
      1. "Ladykillers" – 3:14
      2. "Heavenly" – 2:53
      3. "Carmen" – 3:19
      4. "Plums and Oranges" – 6:19
    • 7" vinyl (green-coloured; AD 6002)
      1. "Ladykillers" – 3:14
      2. "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" – 3:19 (The Rubinoos cover)
  • "500 (Shake Baby Shake)" (15 July 1996)
    • CD1 (BAD 6009 CD)
      1. "500 (Shake Baby Shake) (Single Remix)" – 3:22
      2. "I Have the Moon" – 3:52
      3. "Piledriver" – 3:07
      4. "Olympia (Acoustic Version)" – 3:16
    • CD2 (BAD D 6009 CD)
      1. "500 (Shake Baby Shake) (Single Remix)" – 3:22
      2. "I'd Like to Walk Around in Your Mind" – 2:19 (Vashti Bunyan cover)
      3. "Kiss Chase (Acoustic Version)" – 2:54
      4. "Last Night (Hexadecimal Dub Mix)" – 6:31
    • 7" vinyl (red-coloured; AD 6009)
      1. "500 (Shake Baby Shake) (Single Remix)" – 3:22
      2. "I Have the Moon" – 3:52
  • "Last Night" (PROMO ONLY, January 1996)
    • Radio promo CD (PRO-CD-8034)
      1. "Last Night (Latent Power Mix)" – 5:25
      2. "Undertow (Spooky Remix)" – 9:13
      3. "Last Night (Darkest Hour Mix)" – 4:58
      4. "Lovelife (Suga Bullit Remix)" – 8:17
      5. "Last Night (Hexadecimal Dub Mix)" – 6:31
      6. "Ladykillers (Demo – Ruff Mix '95)" – 3:12

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 41
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 8
US Billboard 200[12] 189
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[13] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Miki Berenyi on Twitter". Twitter. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Lovelife – Lush". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  3. ^ Webber, Brad (2 May 1996). "Lush: Lovelife (Reprise)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  4. ^ Woodward, Josef (8 March 1996). "Lovelife". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (22 March 1996). "Lush: Lovelife (4AD)". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Hochman, Steve (10 March 1996). "Lush, 'Lovelife,' 4AD/Reprise". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  7. ^ Cameron, Keith (16 March 1996). "Romantic Streak Preachers". NME: 48. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  8. ^ Reyes-Kulkarni, Saby (3 May 2016). "Lush: Origami". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  9. ^ "The 50 Best Britpop Albums". Pitchfork. 29 March 2017. p. 4. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Lush – Lovelife". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Lush Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Lush Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 May 2018.