Review Revue: Lene Lovich - No Man’s Land

If you’re like me, odds are you hear the name Lene Lovich (or, as I recently did, find a copy of this very album in the bins at Goodwill) and instantly hear her distinctively playful yet unabashedly Teutonic voice squeaking out the hook to her best-known song, “Lucky Number.” Like so many brilliant artists of the ’70s and ’80s, however, Lovich has continued being creative and productive over the decades. In fact, she has a new band and a new North American booking agent, and is right this moment teasing us with the prospect of a new batch of shows in our corner of the world.

No Man’s Land, released more than thirty years ago, was Lovich’s third studio album, and the last before her output became somewhat more sporadic due to the demands of life and family. It’s well worth checking out, and certainly worth much more than the dollar I spent at Goodwill.

“Yeah!”

“Yeah! Ja!”

“Always did like her.”

“I like it! I like it!”

“Sister Video!”

“Pronounced: ‘Lay-na Luv-itch”

“‘Sister Video’ - yes! Great DOR - esp. vocals.”

“We never fail”

“‘Walking Low’!”

“Wait a minute . . . didn’t she used to make good music??”

“Still does.”

“You bet.”

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One Comment

  1. Michael Loubert
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Hello Seattle

    How very pleasant to see this. I’m an old Lene fan from the beginning - was listening to Stateless and Flex when they first came out, here in Ontario. But I never found a copy of No Mans Land - most unfortunate. Nowadays I have to be content with the extra tracks on the Rhino re-release! But I understand she’s planning to remix and re-release her old Stiff Records recordings, and I’m looking forward to those.

    She’s probably going to be in Seattle this Fall. I’m really hoping she’s going to make it to Toronto; if not, there will be a heroic effort on my part to journey out to Detroit. Yikes!

    I rediscovered her last year, mostly through Youtube. Yeah, fabulous vocals, great songwriting, compelling stage persona in black lace ribbons and those thick carrot-coloured braids (I don’t remember her being that attractive)...today, she remains a class act in her sixties. I would love to see a new studio album - I have Shadows and Dust, by the way.

    All the best to you guys - I have a niece in Seattle, teaches ballet in her spare time. I get out to your strange city every once in a while! Always an interesting time...

    regards
    Michael Loubert
    Old Goat Books

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