Two-CD compilation of '80s coulda-beens

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The House Of Love – The Fontana Years

For a while there—at the back end of the ’80s—Guy Chadwick’s House Of Love seemed the men most likely to leave the indie pack trailing. Then the Roses/Mondays/Scream axis emerged, the band was riven by in-fighting and all seemed lost, leaving behind some wryly romantic, cerebral guitar music. The bubbling jangle of “Never” is glorious, as is “I Don’t Know Why I Love You”‘s surging pop, but much of their best work (“Salome”, “Christine”) was recorded pre-Fontana, for Creation. Worth rediscovering nonetheless.