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Lucky Number: The Best Of

Lene Lovich

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This 22-track anthology draws wholly from Lovich's recordings from the Stiff label in the late '70s and early '80s (which in turn represented most of her recorded output), including tracks from all three of her albums and a few stray non-LP cuts. There's more Lene Lovich on Stiff, and everything else she did for the company has been reissued if you want it, but if you do only want one disc, this is a reasonable choice. It has all half-dozen of her high-charting and low-charting U.K. singles, and while the exact songs chosen to fill out the disc could be argued depending upon individual tastes, it's indisputably good value for money, with 77 minutes of music. Although there's a gap in quality between the best and most well-remembered material (like "Lucky Number," "Say When," "I Think We're Alone Now," "Home," and "Too Tender (To Touch)," all of which are here), the inclusion of less characteristic items like the gypsy-flavored B-side "One Lonely Heart" and the overlooked 1982 B-side "Blue" (with more of a straightforward guitar thrust than most of her work) reveal her to have more range than some critics have acknowledged. The annotation is on the slender side (though at least there is annotation), but it's an enjoyable and fairly well-programmed survey of one of the British new wave's quirkier talents.

Biography

Born: 30 March 1949 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the more offbeat and memorable figures in new wave, Lene Lovich certainly drew much of her widely varied approach from her unconventional early experiences. Born of a Yugoslavian father and British mother, she spent much of her childhood in Detroit, MI. At age 13, she moved to Hull, England, with her mother. She ran away to London shortly thereafter, where she worked several odd jobs ranging from bingo caller to go-go dancer to street busker. Around this time, she developed an interest in...
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