After the singles “Let It Slip’ and “All I Wanna Do”, the moment has arrived for THE SCHOOL’s album premiere. After appearing on Rough Trade’s best of the year compilation, releasing a split single on Slumberland Records, recording various BBC sessions, and having received innumerable elegies of all kinds all over the globe, the moment has definitely arrived for this Welsh band.
“Loveless Unbeliever” is that album that fans of bands like CAMERA OBSCURA, THE PIPETTES and BELLE & SEBASTIAN have waited so impatiently for. An album with the same sense of melody as THE RONETTES (those references in “Is He Really Coming Home?” and “The One Who Left Me”), the ability to acquire the youthful irreverence that the marvelous Grease soundtrack boasted, the imaginative arrangements of greats like Phil Spector or Jack Nitzsche, all updated with an impressive vision.
Liz Hunt and company have made an album where every song is a definite hit, where listening is so agile and ephemeral, and the euphoria it creates is so great. With the cherry on top that producer Ian Catt (SAINT ETIENNE, TREMBLING BLUE STARS, THE FIELD MICE, THE BOO RADLEYS, KAHIMI KARIE) has always given them, they were able to assimilate the whole pop tradition and reproduce it with their own personality, mastery and inspiration.