Album of the Day
“Everyone deems our first album as 'our moment,' but LULLABY was our only CHR record,” noted Book Of Love's Ted Ottaviano. “We had the most amount of fanfare with our second album as well as our biggest tour.” The synth-pop quartet's 1988 Sire collection boasts a somewhat tougher sound than their debut, thanks partly to co-producer Flood, but remains dance-floor friendly while incorporating such ambitious instrumental flourishes as a cathedral organ, bagpipes and a full orchestra. Barring a peppy take on Mike Oldfield's “Tubular Bells,” the material is all original, with “Pretty Boys And Pretty Girls” (one of the first pop songs to address the AIDS crisis), “Witchcraft” and the title track among the many highlights. Thirty years after its release, there's still a lot to love about Book of Love's LULLABY, and Ottaviano has more to say about the band and its music in Rhino.com's podcast.