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Album Review

This New York-based dance outfit never made much noise, and this 16-track compilation, spanning 16 years, never lets you think otherwise. Rather, it's an unassuming and occasionally satisfying trip into spare synth-pop and sunny melodies, both heavy on nostalgia. The best songs — like "Boy" and "Alice Everyday" — even possess an innocent charm that sounds years away from the modern-day electro-rave scene. Bizarro fact: Singer Susan Ottaviano and keyboardist Ted Ottaviano are not related.

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Great modern rock one of the best

Makes me feel sad.... Omg !! My youth is gone. Great time to be 21 years old.

80s were so great

ahhhh - remembered Book of Love randomly today and looked it up - This brings back such great memories of college! This whole album is good, still!

Long Forgotten good melodies

Book of Love, even in the 1980s, always seemed to me to be a band on the outside looking in, despite having achieved a measure of mainstream success. Though not my favorite kind of music, I do think that they constructed some very solid melodies. Standouts to me were "I Touch Roses" and especially "Modigliani." A note to the reviewer of this album: How much noise have you made in your life? Oh that's right: None, unless you want to call thoughtless reviews like that one "noise."


Formed: Philadephia, PA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The synth pop group Book of Love were dance club staples in the '80s. Book of Love formed in Philadelphia, PA, by former art school students Susan Ottaviano (vocals), Ted Ottaviano (keyboards, vocals), Jade Lee (keyboards, vocals), and Lauren Roselli (keyboards, vocals) in 1984. (Although they share the same last name, Susan and Ted are not related nor are they married to one another.) Susan, Ted, and Lee had initially collaborated in a band called Head Cheese. In 1985, Book of Love recorded "Boy,"...
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