Album Details

March 16, 1999
Warner Bros.
Electronica, Trip-Hop, Electronica, Alternative Dance, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock

Album Review

There couldn't have been any doubt over a lead single from This Is Normal -- "Ladyshave" is an instant winner, a distorted organ/shuffle beat combination calling to mind the Charlatans' underrated second album Between 10th and 11th. GusGus has bigger fish to fry, though, with Daniel Agust's usual deceptively cool delivery making a great contrast to the warmth of the music, though every so often he bursts through with just enough soul. Two further remixes appear -- Roy Davis, Jr.'s "lady soul" version turns the song into 1973-era Philadelphia and gets away with it, while Tim Lee's "fully bearded" mix is a good enough funk jam. "Purple (Sasha Midnight in Reyjavik)," a remix from Polydistortion, makes for an engaging techno instrumental, very pleasant in an active prog-house style, while "Love Vs. Hate" reappears unchanged from This Is Normal to close things up.
Ned Raggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Ladyshave
  2. Ladyshave [Roy Davis Jr. Lady Soul Remix]
  3. Ladyshave [Tim "Love" Lee's Fully Bearded Mix]
  4. Purple [Sasha Midnight in Reykjavik]
  5. Love vs. Hate
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