House of Love, 8.2 on Pitchfork!!!
"Like a lot of bands of their vintage, the House of Love looked back to the 1960s while veiling their music in such contemporary trappings as reverb-drenched guitars, trebly production, and the occasional squall of noise. Arriving at the tail end of the Smiths but before the Madchester boom, the London band hearkened back to the moody early-80s atmospherics of Echo and the Bunnymen and the Chameleons. Guy Chadwick was such a strong writer, and guitarist Terry Bickers such a complementary foil, that in a lot of ways their music hangs in the air, rootless and mysterious-- a status only enhanced by all those years "lost."
xo Arena Rock