By the second tune of 'Days Run Away' - the wonderfully catchy 'Gotta Be That Way' -...
Chris Long 2005-02-28
In 1988 The House Of Lovereleased one of the most acclaimed indie albums of the year and they were hotly tipped to hit the big time. However, just twelve months later, their guitarist Terry Bickers quit before their second album came out. Singer and guitarist Guy Chadwick and the rest of the band continued for three years but they never matched the acclaim or success of their self titled debut album.
After the resurrection of The Pixies and The Wedding Present, surely no comeback should surprise the thirty-something indie kids. But to be honest, the chances of Chadwick and Bickers kissing and making up looked about as likely as Bernard Butler offering the hand of friendship to his old mate Brett Anderson.
These are strange times though, and reunions of all sorts are taking place; even weirder than the inception of Brett & Bernard's new band, The Tears, is the fact that Pop Will Eat Itself are around and about again. So it is with some trepidation that we listen to the new record from the partnership that brought us such beauties as "Beatles And The Stones", "Christine", and the student anthem, "Shine On".
By the second tune of Days Run Away - the wonderfully catchy "Gotta Be That Way" - any worries about this reunion are laid to rest. The album may not quite have the strength in depth of their earlier releases, but in the swirling menace of "Kinda Love", the swooning drive of "Money And Time" and the twisting pop of "Already Gone", there is enough magic to warrant their return.
They still play tunes that, even at their darkest and most aggressive,sound like the recordingstudio was covered in flowers and fluffy cushions, but there is a certain degree of progression from the past. Like David Gedge's growling resurrection of The Wedding Present, Chadwick and Bickers have realised that they only need to tweak their sound to fit back into today's indie landscape, filling the hole that they left around a decade ago. Who knows how long they'll be able to stand each other this time around, but for now, just be thankful that they've realised they need each other.