(1999) Hot Trip To Heaven

Love And Rockets

... read moreWhat can a band do after taking its fuzz boxes to grandiose heights, scoring a hit single in America, and finally breaking through with a music video? If you're Love and Rockets, you opt for a five-year break and retool your band to make it sound nothing like the incarnation that brought you success...

01:04′:12″ 10 Songs

1
Body And Soul (Parts 1 & 2)
Love And Rockets
14:17
2
Ugly
Love And Rockets
7:26
3
Trip & Glide
Love And Rockets
5:21
4
This Heaven
Love And Rockets
7:08
5
No Worries
Love And Rockets
7:14
6
Hot Trip To Heaven
Love And Rockets
7:35
7
Eclipse
Love And Rockets
2:18
8
Voodoo Baby
Love And Rockets
3:25
9
Be The Revolution
Love And Rockets
6:44
10
Set Me Free
Love And Rockets
2:44
Released 01 March 1999, 1994 Beggars Banquet Records Ltd

Review

What can a band do after taking its fuzz boxes to grandiose heights, scoring a hit single in America, and finally breaking through with a music video? If you're Love and Rockets, you opt for a five-year break and retool your band to make it sound nothing like the incarnation that brought you success. See also: Wire. HOT TRIP TO HEAVEN is Love and Rockets' logical response to the trance/ambient craze then sweeping Europe. The stylistic shift makes sense in this context. You'll be too dazzled throughout to notice its absence, but the trademark fuzz box finally makes a cameo on the title track. "Body and Soul," the album's 14-minute opening track, sounds like an homage to Aphex Twin, while "Trip and Glide" and "Ugly" wouldn't sound out of place on a Tricky album. Many assumed that Love and Rockets modeled its sound on the fuzzier side of the Jesus and Mary Chain, but the secret to L&R's success was always in the dynamic vocal interplay of David J. and Daniel Ash. These elements pervade HOT TRIP, taking it beyond the workaday to the limits of transcendence.