House Of Love's career is marked by many ups and downs. Founded in 1986, the band released excellent albums in a psych-pop context that was consistent with the Independent Sixties movement. The two main characters, Guy Chadwick and Terry Bickers, have now got themselves together again, forgotten their personal differences and recorded twelve dreamy pop numbers. Typical British songwriting craft with a light Beatles flair ("Lost In The Blues"), a track with a strong folk influence ("Low Black Clouds"), a ballad that reminds of the "better" Britpop ("Trouble In Mind") and then again genuine Psych-Pop ("Holy River") win through their very warm, pleasantly cuddly sound. "She Paints Words In Red" is aimed at the more conservative listener (first-class songwriting), but also at a younger audience (independent touch). Because of its floating character, the record is especially recommended for spring and autumn. The musical quality is also reflected optically: The CD appears in an appealingly designed Digipak including a 16-page booklet with song lyrics.
Top track: Lost In The Blues