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Album Review

Heavenly has always rooted their music pretty firmly in upbeat '60s pop, and The Decline and Fall..., more than any of their other albums, points this out. While their previous (and probably best) release, Le Jardin de Heavenly, was well in line with indie-pop conventions, and the release that followed (Operation Heavenly) drifted into almost new-wave rock, The Decline and Fall... is a cleanly produced sequence of bouncy, guitar-based pop songs — and fans of the band know just how good they are at writing bouncy pop songs. The only problem with The Decline and Fall is that it's so painfully short.

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The Heavenly Option

Concise and catchy British indie pop. Punchier and less twee than "Le Jardin de Heavenly" and not quite as tight (compositionally, production-wise) as "Operation Heavenly," "Decline and Fall" still manages to contain two of the group's best songs: "Spam Meets Egg, So What?" and the achingly gorgeous "She and Me." For fans of that dog, Velocity Girl, and Letters to Cleo (who all seem to have chosen the "heavenly option").


Formed: 1989 in Oxford, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Formed from the ashes of C-86 giants Talulah Gosh, Heavenly spearheaded the twee-pop charge of the 1990s, becoming the legendary Sarah Records label's biggest international stars. The four founding members of Heavenly -- vocalist Amelia Fletcher, her drummer brother Mathew, guitarist Peter Momtchiloff and bassist Robert Pursey -- were also among the founding members of Talulah Gosh back in 1985; their new project followed in a direction similar to their previous work, retaining their trademark sweetness-and-light...
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