England Made Me

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Lovejoy's England Made Me EP kicks off with the cheeriest songs the group has ever recorded. Known for being unswervingly pessimistic to the point of being near-suicidal, singer Richard Preece sounds almost happy on "Brightness Falls" while the music tinkles and hums melodically around him. It's a pleasant change of pace for the group and bodes well for further releases. As for the rest of the EP, the electro-pop cover of the June Brides' indie classic "In the Rain" is nice, the novelty "Are You Analogue or Digital" is a sure throwaway, and "Made in England" is a New Order-influenced electronic ballad that revisits the political aspect of Preece's writing. Perhaps Lovejoy is better taken in small does, but this is definitely one of their finest releases.

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