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Lovejoy - Everybody Hates Lovejoy

  by Chris Jones

published: 19 / 5 / 2005

Lovejoy - Everybody Hates Lovejoy
Label: Matinee Recordings
Format: CD


Soothing melancholic indiepop on third album from Lovejoy, the moniker for Brighton-based singer-songwriter Richard Preece

The jet-setters. The lounge clubbers. The permanent vacationers. Musically, Richard Preece aka Lovejoy could move easily through their world of cafes, upscale bars, and swanky clubs. His style though is not over the top or kitschy. In fact, while he can move in their world, he does not seem to think much of it. Pretension is not his game.   'Everybody Hates' is the third full length from Lovejoy and a fine follow up to 2002's 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.'  The strummy guitars, gentle keyboard tones, and whispery smooth vocals that have won us over twice before are all back again and just as pleasant as before.  So is that sense of melancholy that seems to permeate, yet not smother, the world of Lovejoy.    Stand out tracks include the opener 'Everybody Hates Us and We Don't Care', 'Petrol Stars', the almost upbeat 'Sid Vicious', and the quite sombre 'Nicotince and Love'.  The album also includes a lovely cover version of the Windmills 'Drug Autumn.' The whole album is quite solid and the songs flow gently from one to another.    Listening to Lovejoy is a warm, soothing, luxurious, reflective, sombre but not sad experience.  Time always seems to flow by effortlessly when Lovejoy is in the room.  So pour yourself a nice drink and relax a bit.  After all, it's not like you have anything to do today that can't be done tomorrow....

Track Listing:-
1 Radio Lovejoy
2 Everybody Hates Us And We Don't Care
3 Petrol Stars
4 America
5 Drug Autumn
6 Sandcastles
7 Sid Vicious
8 Nicotine and Love
9 Because You're Worth It
10 This Could Be An Ending

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