For Love Not Lisa

The Lost Elephant

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For Love Not Lisa broke up in 1995, soon after issuing its second album for East West/Atlantic. Lost Elephant is part FLNL retrospective and part reintroduction, as it's a hodgepodge of early favorites, new material, and a cover (The Buck Pets' "Inamorata," which sounds exactly like a FLNL song). New tracks "Nothing But the Heavy," "Myself Me," and "Icon" return to the band's hard-charging mix of metal chug and Minneapolis slop, while the latter track even goes for some Quicksand-style browbeating. In keeping with their tradition of filling out albums with different versions of the same song, "Had a Lover" appears here twice. Longtime listeners should probably take note of Lost Elephant, as it cleans up For Love Not Lisa's loose ends. And fans of Mike Lewis' work with Puller might also find this interesting. But for the most part, the band's two East West albums will serve the casual listener just fine.

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