We Love Life

We Love Life

by Pulp


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Pulp may have reached an artistic and popular zenith with the witty and irresistible "Common People" from 1995's Different Class, the British band's brilliant musical essay on class warfare. But equally remarkable is their creative endurance, even after nearly 20 years of left-of-center pop. Three years in the making, We Love Life -- can't you just see frontman Jarvis Cocker's knowing grin? -- largely eschews the social studies and glam-rock glitter of Pulp's best-known material in favor of aching introspection and a surprising psychedelic turn. With mood man Scott Walker producing, Pulp reimagines Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd for a post-rave generation on the dense, atmospheric "Weeds II," where Cocker's hushed narrative swims amid layers of tweaked keyboards. Nature imagery abounds -- on the edgy, guitar-filled "Weeds," on the shimmery musing on love "The Trees," on the sex/love story "The Birds in Your Garden" -- but don't let the pastoral paeans fool you; Cocker still writes for urban misfits. "I am a f**k-up; just the same as you," he admits on "Bob Lind." Overall, the mood is meditative, suffused in sadness, but not without the occasional ray of sunshine; though the lush sonics are built of rich guitars and choral harmonies rather than snappy synth beats. But as noir as it sounds -- what with Cocker dissecting dying and decayed relationships and musing on the dead and deceased -- Pulp wind down on a resigned but positive note with the guitar-fueled "Sunrise," which glows like a Chemical Brothers comedown track. "You've been awake all night, so why should you crash out at dawn?" Cocker wonders. We Love Life marks Pulp's own rebirth, and it's definitely worth staying up for.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2001
Label: Island Uk
UPC: 0731458654025
catalogNumber: 586540

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pulp   Primary Artist
Swingle Singers   Background Vocals
Scott Walker   Keyboards,Guitar (Baritone)
Danny Cummings   Percussion
Andy Findon   Flute,Ocarina
Claudia Fontaine   Background Vocals
Stanley Myers   Sampling
Beverley Skeete   Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Alasdair Malloy   Percussion,Glass Harmonica
Thymios Papadopoulos   Bird Calls
Hal Shaper   Sampling
Metro Voices   Choir, Chorus
Richard Hawley   12-string Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Julian Poole   Percussion
Philip Sheppard   Electric Cello
Joanna Forbes   Musical Direction
Paul Giovanni   Sampling
Sylvia Mason James   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Scott Walker   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Nick Banks   Composer
Jarvis Cocker   Composer,Art Direction
Candida Doyle   Composer,String Arrangements
Brian Gascoigne   Arranger,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Clive Goddard   Engineer
Isobel Griffiths   Orchestral Coordinator
Howie B   Programming
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Mark Webber   Composer
Peter Saville   Art Direction
Peter Mansell   Composer
Steve Hilton   Programming
Matt Lawrence   Engineer
Joanna Forbes   Vocal Arrangements
Steve Mackey   Composer
Steve Price   Engineer
Peter Walsh   Producer,Engineer

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We Love Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
going in a different direction yet again, pulp have made an album less bleak than This Is Hardcore but it doesn't lose intensity at all! the first foot-stompin track ''Weeds'' is a great starter to a strangely uplifting album...''Weeds Pt. 2'' is classic pulp with they're dirty yet sexy style! Wickerman is over 8 minutes of absolute brilliance! the guitars shimmer, the synthesizers are more subtle this time but not lacking it's importance and the lyrics as always are just as exciting to listen to as the music itself!