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Album Review

The first official record by Levitation, led by former House of Love member Terry Bickers, finds the guitarist pushing beyond the melodic pop of his past and into the territory of metal-influenced rock. The churning guitars of the opening track, "Against Nature," point the way to the album's sound, pop-like melodies combine with menacing guitars and a pounding rhythm section. Those expecting the airy pop of "I Don't Know Why I Love You" might be disappointed by the darker and heavier sound of Levitation, which bears more than some similarity to bands like Therapy? Only the dreamy "Arcs and Light and Dew" bears a similarity to the material of Bickers' previous group. As such, coming into this record with a knowledge of House of Love can lead to quite a surprise. Whether that surprise is a good or bad one depends on how affable one is to heavier material.


Genre: Electronic

Following a well-publicized fall-out with frontman Guy Chadwick, guitarist Terry Bickers left the House of Love in 1990 to form Levitation with bassist Laurence O'Keefe, keyboardist Robert White, guitarist Christian Hayes and drummer Dave Francollini. A series of brilliant live gigs quickly cemented the fledgling group's status among the British press, while interviews with the eccentric Bickers, in which he expounded freely on topics including prog-rock revivals, flying saucers, reincarnation, bacchanalian...
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