Saturday, June 09, 2007

The La's - The La's

Decade - 1990s

Label - Go! Discs

Producer - Steve Lillywhite

Country - UK

Genre - Pop

1Son of a Gun1:56
2I Can't Sleep2:37
3Timeless Melody3:01
4Liberty Ship2:30
5There She Goes2:42
8Way Out2:32
10Freedom Song2:23
12Looking Glass7:51

The La's - The La's (1990)

This is one of those inclusions that makes me want to write to the collaborators of this book and ask them WHY WHY WHY? Why were perfectly wonderful albums left out (particularly in the 2000s) and this forgettable one-hit wonder slotted in?

Remember "There She Goes"? Cute, catchy jangly guitar pop tune? This is them. If you've never heard of The La's it's because other than that song, they never had another hit or released another album.

There's nothing horrible about this album, it's just completely forgettable. Most of the songs are 2-3 minute guitar ditties with very average melodies that just don't make any impact. The songwriter, Lee Mavers later described this album to NME as "a pile of shit. There is not one good thing I can find to say about it". I don't always trust a songwriter's response to their own album and he's probably being overly harsh in this case, but he's not TOO far off the mark because it is really quite hard to even find one point to justify it being in a book called "1001 albums you must hear before you die".

There She Goes is a good, solid pop song. It's the best on this album, and that's the sad part.

Score - 5/10
Recommended - No


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