The La's

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Some albums exist outside of time or place, gently floating on their own style and sensibility. Of those, the La's lone album may be the most beguiling, a record that consciously calls upon the hooks and harmonies of 1964 without seeming fussily retro, a trick that anticipated the cheerful classicism of the Brit-pop '90s. But where their sons Oasis and Blur were all too eager to carry the torch of the past, Lee Mavers and the La's exist outside of time, suggesting the '60s in their simple, tuneful, acoustic-driven arrangements but seeming modern in their open, spacy approach, sometimes as ethereal as anything coming out of the 4AD stable but brought down to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Some albums exist outside of time or place, gently floating on their own style and sensibility. Of those, the La's lone album may be the most beguiling, a record that consciously calls upon the hooks and harmonies of 1964 without seeming fussily retro, a trick that anticipated the cheerful classicism of the Brit-pop '90s. But where their sons Oasis and Blur were all too eager to carry the torch of the past, Lee Mavers and the La's exist outside of time, suggesting the '60s in their simple, tuneful, acoustic-driven arrangements but seeming modern in their open, spacy approach, sometimes as ethereal as anything coming out of the 4AD stable but brought down to earth by their lean, no-nonsense attack, almost as sinewy as any unaffected British Invasion band. But where so many guitar pop bands seem inhibited by tradition, the La's were liberated by it, using basic elements to construct their own identity, one that's propulsive and tuneful, or sweetly seductive, as it is on the band's best-known song, "There She Goes." That song is indicative of the La's material in its melodic pull; the rest of the album has a bit more muscle, whether the group is bashing out a modern-day Merseybeat on "Liberty Ship" and bouncing two-step "Doledrum," or alluding to Morrissey's elliptical phrasing on "Timeless Melody." This force gives the La's some distinction, separating them from nostalgic revivalists even as their dedication to unadorned acoustic arrangements separates them from their contemporaries, but it's this wildly willful sensibility -- so respectful of the past it can't imagine not following its own path -- that turns The La's into its own unique entity, indebted to the past and pointing toward the future, yet not belonging to either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2008
  • Label: Plain
  • UPC: 646315512915
  • Catalog Number: 129

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Son of a Gun (1:56)
  2. 2 I Can't Sleep (2:37)
  3. 3 Timeless Melody (3:01)
  4. 4 Liberty Ship (2:30)
  5. 5 There She Goes (2:42)
  6. 6 Doledrum (2:50)
  7. 7 Feelin' (1:44)
  8. 8 Way Out (2:32)
  9. 9 I.O.U. (2:08)
  10. 10 Freedom Song (2:23)
  11. 11 Failure (2:54)
  12. 12 Looking Glass (7:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The La's Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Bob Andrews Producer
Dave Charles Engineer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Mark Wallis Engineer
Donal Hodgson Engineer
Lee Mavers Composer
Marvin Davis Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What an album should be...

    The only other album that I can honestly say is as good is The Queen is Dead by the Smiths. Lee Mavers knows exactly what he's doing and stands apart from the crowd. Picture the Smiths, the Beatles, and Oasis mixed together and then add some rockabily influences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The La's rock!

    I love them! They're great! Most people have no clue who they are. They are a great band that is a brittish group. They get their ideas from old rock groups in the 60's and 70's. You thought the Beatles were hot? These guy's rock on and still keep their cool!

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