Highlights Out Now!
One of the pleasures of listening to Inspirals frontman Tom Hingley band The Lovers is hearing a voice being set free: it soars and sings, like really sings. Makes a nice change in a climate of resolutely non-singing plastic indie bands. Lyrically clever and at times moving ('3am') this is a grown up album. While no young Turks themselves, The Lovers have enough energy and vigour to power a Tesco Megaplex and it's extra 120,000 sq ft of illegally built floor space. Saying that though, the energy is reigned in and controlled. Some of the slower tracks here almost seetheâ€¦.in a good way mind.
The songs are intelligent, fun, deep, and toe-tappingly tremendous. Tom steers the sound lyrically and vocally away from the Inspirals, but the ear for a good hook is there in spades. For example I challenge you to listen to 'Kick Out The Clocks' and not be humming it for the rest of your life.
A departure from previous album 'Abba Are The Enemy', less raucous but no less angry 'Highlights' is a superb collection of songs by a band who deserve to have strangers chanting their surnames football style.
Review by: Brave Music Agency
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Who are The Lovers?
The Lovers is the brainchild of Tom Hingley - former lead singer of The Inspiral Carpets, a band that along with The Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses defined everything that was good about the UK music-scene at the beginning of the 1990's.
Despite, or because of, over 20 top 40 hits, seven Top of the Pops appearances, a rock solid fan base and successful tours all over the world The Inspirals ran out of steam in 1995 and Hingley drifted into solo projects on the fringes of the pop mainstream.
However, a chance encounter in 2001 with Steve Hanley - former bassist and longest serving musician with legendary Manchester band, The Fall (that broke up in 1998 after a much publicised stage fight in New York), led Hingley and Hanley to join forces in The Lovers. Despite kids, mortgages and the onset of 40, both still shared an intense passion and desire to make, perform and record great music.