On Love Spit Love's
eponymous debut, Richard Butler
tried too hard to break from the legacy of the Psychedelic Furs
, and the result was a stiff, awkward record that only ccasionally hit its target. For Love Spit Love's
second album, Trysome Eatone
decided to rely on the darkly seductive blend of arty post-punk and glam-rock that was the Furs'
trademark. It's partially nostalgia, but he was able to update the Furs
sound with a sharp, clever production and the occasional electronic or alternative flourish. It evokes the '80s without slavishly recreating the sound, but Trysome Eatone
manages to be more than a guilty pleasure for longtime Furs
fans because of Butler's
solid craftmanship. Many of the album's songs are well-written and memorable, resulting in a record that represents a return to form for one of the early '80s' most distinctive artists.