The Love of Hopeless Causes

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The Love of Hopeless Causes
NMA hopeless causes.jpg
Studio album by New Model Army
Released June 1, 1993
Genre Rock
Label Epic
Producer Niko Bolas, Riku Mattila
New Model Army chronology
History - The Singles 85-91
(1992)History - The Singles 85-911992
The Love of Hopeless Causes
BBC Radio One Live in Concert
(1994)BBC Radio One Live in Concert1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Love of Hopeless Causes was released in 1993 and is the sixth studio album by British rock band, New Model Army. It was produced by Niko Bolas, except "Afternoon Song", which was produced by Riku Mattila. It featured guest musicians, guitarist, Adrian Portas and Clive Layton, who played the hammond organ on "Fate".

After the break from EMI, The Love Of Hopeless Causes was the first and only album to be released on Epic, before the band went independent forming their own label, Attack Attack Records.

The album sees the band abandoning the folk rock oriented sound of their prior albums, Thunder and Consolation (1989) and Impurity (1990), going for a more classic straightforward rock sound.

The album reached #22 in the UK Albums Chart in April 1993.

Singles and EPs[edit]

"Here Comes the War" (February 1993) was the only single to be released from the album. However, "Living in the Rose" was the title track of The Ballads EP (July 1993).


The album was released as a 10-track LP, cassette and CD on 29 March 1993. There are no track differences between the formats.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Here Comes the War" (Justin Sullivan, Robert Heaton, Nelson) – 4:29
  2. "Fate" (Sullivan) – 3:20
  3. "Living in the Rose" (Sullivan, Heaton) – 3:49
  4. "White Light" (Sullivan, Heaton) – 4:44
  5. "Believe It" (Sullivan, Heaton) – 4:02
  6. "Understand U" (Sullivan, Heaton) – 3:33
  7. "My People" (Sullivan) – 4:39
  8. "These Words" (Sullivan) – 3:36
  9. "Afternoon Song" (Sullivan, Heaton) – 2:35
  10. "Bad Old World" (Sullivan) – 3:33



  • Niko Bolas – producer (all tracks except "Afternoon Song"), recorded by (all tracks except "Afternoon Song")
  • Riku Mattila – producer ("Afternoon Song"), recorded by ("Afternoon Song")
  • Tim Young – mastered by
  • Dave Buchannan – engineer (all tracks except "Afternoon Song")
  • Andrea Wright – engineer (all tracks except "Afternoon Song")
  • Greg Goldman – assistant engineer
  • Randy Wine – assistant engineer
  • Fulton Dingles – engineer ("Afternoon Song")
  • Bob Clearmountainmixed by
  • Dani Griffiths – additional recorded by (all tracks except "Afternoon Song")
  • Peter Stewart – additional recorded by (all tracks except "Afternoon Song")
  • Joolz Denbycover art