Simon Love
It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

Released: 7th August 2015
Label: Fortuna Pop!

‘It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time’ is the debut solo album from Simon Love formerly of The Loves, a band who have always had a special place in my heart. Knowing that, it kind of goes without saying that I would instantly adore a solo album by Simon Love. When Simon made 20 copies available before general release, each one coming with a handwritten note, a personally-made mixtape (cd) and a 7 inch, I instantly placed my order and have been cherishing the record and all the extras for the last two months.
Before we go any further I can assure you that any of the disclosed bias above has not influenced my writing of this review (ok, maybe just a little). That aside, 'It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time' is a fantastic pop record which combines humour, everyday emotions, love and heartbreak with sweet, uplifting melodies that are a real joy to listen to. Seriously, what more could you want from a record, this is an album that can make you laugh and cry all at the same time.

Highlights are in abundance, including ‘The New Adam & Eve’ a song that on the surface appears to be about ruthlessly destroying everyone on this planet, however when you listen to the lyrics this is a truly sweet song about just wanting to be with the one you love. If 'Wowie Zowie' does not make you go rushing for the dancefloor of a dark and sweaty indie club on the weekend then you need to start asking why you even bothered going out. The word gorgeous doesn’t even come close to describing ‘Sweetheart, You Should Probably Go To Sleep’, the way the song has been arranged ensures it will be tugging firmly on your heartstrings and have tears rolling down your cheeks. ‘The Meaning Of Love’ sees Stewart Lee reading out a Wikipedia entry for love backed by Simon and his band The Old Romantics who provide a very funky tune. ‘Elton John’ is another fine example of how to write a great song, the melodies and arrangements are more than perfect and the lyrics are superb/genius (insert whichever word you feel is most apt) “When I met you I thought you were the one, Superman and Santa Claus but double the fun”.

Simon nods his head in the direction of everything Beatles-related, who have clearly influenced his life as they have for so many of us. Simon covers Paul McCartney’s ‘Dear Boy’ and the album closer ‘It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time’ has a certain Sgt. Pepper vibe to it, bringing the curtain down on this memorable record.

I could continue to write about how great this record is, there are songs that I haven’t even mentioned and that makes me feel guilty for not drawing them to your attention. However, I feel I need to leave you to go and buy this album, listen to it, fall in love with it and form your own opinions - but if your opinion is different from mine I will seriously start to worry.

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