littledeath Reviews

Q--June, 1994 (Q93)
Love And Money, littledeath

(Fontana)
Despite being, of all things, Jive Bunny's favourite group and possessing a surfeit of what appeared to be saleable assets--a certain film noir chic, stylish and accessible songs- Love And Money have never reaped the kind of rewards many felt they deserved. In 1991, singer and guitarist James Grant fell ill and the band parted company with Phonogram after the undistinguished Dogs In The Traffic album. Since then, the band's future has seemed in jeopardy despite some well-received shows in their native Scotland last year. So, many will welcome this new release, a typically swish affair comprising easy on the ear tunes played with discreet soulfulness. Jazzier and more acoustic in execution than previous releases, its non-perspiring politeness can become anaesthetising but more often it has the comfortable feel of a very expensive shirt.
Q Rating: ***(out of 5). Reviewed By: Stuart Maconie.

littledeath is finally in the shops. Not only that, but it is one of the best records released this year.....is Love and Money's most complete record to date, with a standard of songwriting and variety of styles few of their contemporaries could pull off with the same conviction.
--Colin Sommerville, Edinburgh Evening News, 12/9/93

A thing of delicate loveliness in its own right.
--Paul Carnahan, Cumberland News, 12/15/93

littledeath is alive with fresh, born-again sounds.....James Grant has previously been hailed as one of the U.K.'s best songwriters. littledeath further strengthens such heady claims.
--Ian Russell,Kilmarnock Standard, 12/17/93

Grant avoids self-indulgence by turning the scattergun on himself. The end result is even darker than Dogs In The Traffic but no less rewarding.
--SOS Recommends, Scotland On Sunday, 12/19/93

The group have kick-started a new phase in their career with an impressive new album, which should re-establish them as one of our best pop exports....The Glasgow group have [sic] emerged from the [major record company problems] a stronger unit, and they reckon littledeath is the best record they've made. I agree.
--Billy Sloan, Daily Record, 12/18/93

Phonogram's loss is Iona's Gain, judging by this splendid new album. littledeath sees James Grant at the height of his songwriting powers.
--Boris Palmer, Cool Ed--Feb, 1994

Grant is still crafting splendidly plaintive blues and rock on a brilliant new album, littledeath.
--David Hamilton,Sunday Express, 1/30/94

The quality of their output is on par with Scottish contemporaries such as Aztec Camera, Lloyd Cole or even Del Amitri....
--Johnnie McKie, The Sunday Times, 1/16/94

A truer picture of L&M slowly emerged from between the cracks left by big-money producers; one of dedicated songwriters and craftsmen with an appreciation of roots and soul and a heartfelt desire to communicate emotion.
--Alistair Mabbot, The Scotsman, 12/11/93

Pure gold from Love and Money....Scotland's best band--no question--are back with a cracking new LP....it continues the laid back acoustic overtones the group first explored on Dogs In The Traffic, their last set.
--Craig Nesbit, Irving Times, 7/1/94

littledeath is an acoustic delight.
--Milngavie Courier, 12/10/93

...As littledeath proves, this is one talent that just gets better and better. L&M's fourth album has fewer moments of rhythmic uplift than their third, but it compensates by offering richer pickings in those harder truths.
--Craig McLean, The List, 1/14/94

...With a new restraint and even greater lyrical dexterity on display, Grant is one of Scotland's very best writers. The first single, the freewheeling country jauntiness of "Last Ship On The River," is atypical. For a more telling precis of Grant's contemplative heartlines, look to "Pray For Love."
--SOS/Mayfest, 1994

Love & Money have delivered a stunning album which has all the hallmarks of their previous classic work.
--Jim Lawn, Lennox Herald, 4/8/94


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