We Love Life

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We Love Life
Pulp-We Love Life.jpg
Studio album by
Released22 October 2001
Recorded2001
StudioMetropolis, London
GenreAlternative rock
Length53:55
LabelIsland
Producer
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
  2. "Bad Cover Version"
    Released: 15 April 2002

We Love Life is the seventh and final studio album by English rock band Pulp, released on 22 October 2001 by Island Records. It reached number six on the UK Albums Chart, with a total chart stay of only three weeks.

Background[edit]

It was 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.[citation needed]

Artwork[edit]

The minimal cover art (by Peter Saville) shows a set of initial capitals held in the collection of St. Bride Printing Library in London.[1][2][3] They were engraved in wood by or for Louis Pouchée around the 1820s.[4][5][6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic84/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[8]
Blender4/5 stars[9]
Entertainment WeeklyB[10]
The Guardian5/5 stars[11]
NME7/10[12]
Pitchfork8.2/10[13]
Q4/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[15]
Spin9/10[16]
Uncut5/5 stars[17]

Initial critical response to We Love Life was very positive. The album received an average score of 84 at Metacritic, based on 20 reviews.[7] The music review online magazine Pitchfork placed We Love Life at number 194 on their list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
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" (samples "Tell Her You Love Her" written by Stanley Myers and Hal Shaper)4:49
5."Wickerman" (samples "Willow's Song" composed by Paul Giovanni, from the British Lion film The Wicker Man)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" (written by Cocker, Banks, Doyle, Mackey, Webber and Peter Mansell)6:02
Total length:53:55

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 46
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[20] 36
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[21] 38
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 41
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 25
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 46
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 78
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barnes, Paul. "James Mosley: a life in objects". Eye magazine. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ Kinross, Robin. "Temple of Type". Eye. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  3. ^ Emily King, "Everyday Exotics" in Frieze Magazine, issue 68, 2002
  4. ^ "Ornamented types: a prospectus" (PDF). imimprimit. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  5. ^ Daines, Mike. "Pouchee's lost alphabets". Eye Magazine. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  6. ^ Coles, Stephen. "We Love Life by Pulp". Fonts In Use. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Reviews for We Love Life by Pulp". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "We Love Life – Pulp". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  9. ^ Petridis, Alexis. "Pulp: We Love Life". Blender. Archived from the original on 20 August 2004. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  10. ^ Raftery, Brian M. (23 August 2002). "We Love Life". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  11. ^ Petridis, Alexis (12 October 2001). "Back to suburbia". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  12. ^ Oldham, James (16 October 2001). "Pulp : We Love Life". NME. Archived from the original on 12 November 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  13. ^ Tangari, Joe (13 December 2001). "Pulp: We Love Life". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  14. ^ "Pulp: We Love Life". Q (183). November 2001.
  15. ^ Walters, Barry (22 August 2002). "Pulp: We Love Life". Rolling Stone (903). Archived from the original on 13 February 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  16. ^ Winter, Jessica (October 2002). "Pulp: We Love Life". Spin. 18 (10): 116. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  17. ^ "Pulp: We Love Life". Uncut (54): 128–29. November 2001.
  18. ^ Pitchfork staff (28 September 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  19. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Pulp – We Love Life". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  20. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Pulp – We Love Life" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Danishcharts.dk – Pulp – We Love Life". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Lescharts.com – Pulp – We Love Life". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Pulp – We Love Life" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Pulp – We Love Life". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Pulp – We Love Life". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  26. ^ "Pulp | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2 January 2017.

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