Heavenly – About De Heavenly
LP – CD – DL
Fighting Boredom have been listening to the new collection of singles by Heavenly. ‘Heavenly (1990-96) took up where Talulah Gosh left off. They metamorphosed from jangly indie pop, through riot grrrl to Britpop, without ever losing their essential Heavenly-ness.’ Have a look at what we thought below.
How this review was written. I was sent this album to listen to and write about, I remembered Heavenly and I’m pretty sure I had some of their records, not at all sure if I’ve still got them. I put it on at work with headphones and worked while nodding my head and swaying around in my chair. No one ever asks me what I’m listening to at work, there are some people who are not squares and they will wait for me to start talking first. Then something personally, family wise very bad happened, and even listening to music took a back seat while the situation resolved. Eventually, another month or so on I started catching up with the music from the end of last year and this last couple of weeks I came back to this record.
I have a real soft spot for indie pop, it’s memories of friends from school and beyond, dancing to it between load nasty stuff and the simple messages of love and life that evolved into rioting girls, standing firm and accepting yourself. I have my favourites that I have kept in my listening and some that have fallen away as I move on to other sounds. Heavenly, I’m sad to say were one of these.
So this morning I started with Talulah Gosh, from who came Heavenly, and it’s making me smile, lots. I ran out of Talulah Gosh so went on to where they ended up and to be honest I stayed with Heavenly all day.
It’s a week later and I’m still on Heavenly. This is perfectly formed indie pop, just fey enough and filled with awkward love and feelings, then it’s perfectly formed indie pop just angry and hard enough to be a riot, political and feminist. Then it’s perfect indie pop just the right side of bombast to be on the side of the Britpop masses. What you can take is that Heavenly grew and changed and always changed into something at least as good as they were before. A perfect indie pop band. One that needs to nestle quietly in your record collection.
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All words by Adrian Bloxham.