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For their second album, NYC’s Book of Love took on the 1973 Mike Oldfield classic “Tubular Bells (Theme from The Exorcist)” and reinvigorated it with a dance groove, some extra synths, and a 1980’s sheen that brought it to dancefloors where it sacrificed its original ominous tone for a hypnotic, minimalist weave. “Pretty Boys, Pretty Girls” extends that groove for one of the first songs to address the growing AIDS epidemic. Led primarily by former art students Susan Ottaviano and Ted Ottaviano (no relation), Book of Love built on the light, airy touches of their 1986 self-titled debut with textures that angled for a darker slice of the dancefloor and a slightly denser instrumental approach. Technology plays a heavy hand but not the ultimate one; the human touch is still very much in evidence. The melodies ooze past the cascading keyboard walls and the sweet sway of “Sea of Tranquility” and the robotic bounce of “Melt My Heart” rank with the best of their U.K. counterparts, Depeche Mode, OMD, Pet Shop Boys and others.

Customer Reviews


Book of Love are incredible, fun artists! This is a must have album if you like '80's pop!

Synth-pop at it's finest

Glad to see my all time favorite band have another album make it to iTunes! This is an excellent follow up to the debut album. It's a bit more refined than the first, while maintaining it's synth-pop-post-punk integrity.

Ira Robbins of the trouser press got this one right

Ted Ottaviano does write dumb lyrics but this album got me through my first girlfriend breaking up with me.


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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Lullaby, Book of Love
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