Picks and Pans Review: Earth Sun Moon

updated 12/07/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/07/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Love and Rockets

With both love affairs and rocket rides, opposite sensations mingle: Every exhilarating flight bears the threat of a burning crash. So it goes with Love and Rockets, a British trio with a special knack for writing rock songs that convey the delicate balance between life's contradictions. Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins write seductive melodies reminiscent of the late Beatles or Pink Floyd, then add an ominous twist with furious drums or a yowling guitar. Similarly, their lyrics sway between anger at the futilities of life and wonder at its mysteries. Formed in 1984 from the ruins of the post-punk band Bauhaus, Love and Rockets released two serviceable albums before hitting its potential on this one. As they orbit each other musically, these three musicians present a balanced universe of dense, varied songs. A couple nearly drift off into run-of-the-mill psychedelia, but there are plenty of surprises. Even the breezy No New Tale to Tell holds a minor mind bender in its lyrics: "You cannot go against nature because when you do go against nature it's part of nature too." On Lazy, a bluesy love song, drummer Kevin Haskins employs what sounds like smashing glass. Destruction and romance intertwined: That's Love and Rockets. (Big Time)

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