Lifesavers - Poplife

Wednesday 1st July 1992
Lifesavers - Poplife

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Blonde Vinyl 3232

Reviewed by Andy Long

The 1988 Frontline album 'Shaded Pain' has until now been the only British release from Michael Knott's three piece outfit. Now, several line-up changes and name variations later this album, amongst others, has surfaced. It has a less hi-tech production but nevertheless has a more addictive feel. The songs are catchy and very listenable, Knott has a gift for writing real-life lyrics without being corny. Highlights are "Jet Plane", a lament for a stolen guitar, the protest of "Skate" and the indie wipe-out feel of "Surf With God", which reveals the heart of a man who doesn't want to spend eternity in Heaven doing nothing but singing "Shine Jesus Shine". Choirboy Steve Hindalong is at the kit in competition with the much-travelled Chuck Cummings on other tracks. It's a fun album so buy it and get tubed dude!

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Posted by garrett johnson in saskatoon @ 19:54 on Nov 10 2008

In contrast to the gloom is This Is The Healing which was released by LSU the same year that this came out, Lifesavers' Poplife is a carefree nod to pop-punk, the Beach Boys, and surf-rock. Knott's mood is playful, and the album's atmosphere is mostly light...with a little room to experiment. "Jet Plane" is almost kooky, but manages to charm...much like the rest of this album. Poplife is the sound of Knott on vacation.

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