Album Review: Love Me Back Alive by Venus Mission

Album Name: Love Me Back Alive
Artist: Venus Mission
Year/Label: 2005 / Homeplanetmusic

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Andrea Rosenthal records as Venus Mission, her new record is persuasive. She’s got a strong voice and her songs are powerful.

“Better not to know” is a bluesy, utterly delightful song. Rosenthal gives it her all and captures me from the first note.

“I Want You” sounds interestingly exotic, shades of the too unknown Happy Rhodes creeping in. Rosenthal’s lyrics are intriguingly dark.

“I forgot to bring all my fury,
I forgot to bring all my shame,
I forgot to bring my aimless misery”

she sings.

The title track is great as well. It’s all airy atmospherics, like Peter Gabriel used to use. The singing has a bit of Toni Childs deep-throated power and Charles

“Swifty” Phillips adds a nice spoken word bit too.

“Too Bad” has some “Dear Prudence” swirls and some nicely sarcastic lyrics.

“Too bad you’re a loser”

she sings sweetly. Her protagonist may still love the guy.

This record won’t disappoint anyone though. It’s all quality.

Posted February 3, 2006

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Better Not to Know
2. High Road
3. I Want You
4. Everybody in This Town
5. Love Me Back Alive
6. Too Bad
7. Girls of Virtue
8. Good Enough

[Venus Mission Official Site]


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