The album has those melodic traits that characterized the House Of Love’s eighties and nineties work flowing straight through the middle of it from opening track A Baby Got Back On Its Feet through to the final Eye Dream. It defiantly points to the band’s past without any sense of embarrassment for doing so. However, it’s far more than a rehash of their sound, it’s a gorgeous, beautiful yearning record, perfectly paced, observed tales of love found and love lost - “everyone’s trying to find the meaning of love, looking for affection, trying to find God” on Trouble In Mind.
At the centre of the sound is the interplay between Guy Chadwick’s vocals and Terry Bickers’ guitar, the basis for the finest moments of their history and it’s clear that the chemistry they have in the studio is still there. The songs are kept simple and don’t last longer than they need to. The framework that Bickers lays down allows Chadwick’s lilting and earnest vocal to hover over the music. It’s a masterful trick that wraps the listener in a comfort blanket of familiarity, whilst at the same time sounding utterly timeless. There’s not a genuine standout track on the album, which makes it difficult to talk of highlights, but there’s not a single bad track on there too.
It’s a perfect return that will delight the House Of Love faithful and although it may not get the wider attention and acclaim it deserves, it will enrapture those that stumble across it.