Spottiswoode | Ugly Love

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Ugly Love

by Spottiswoode

A broody pop voyage through a continent of heartbreak and guilt.
Genre: Easy Listening: Lounge
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Little Boys and Little Girls
1:55 $0.99
2. Nice Girl
3:52 $0.99
3. Ugly Love
3:34 $0.99
4. I Change Every Minute
3:00 $0.99
5. Love Her Again
3:41 $0.99
6. This Love Will Make You Strong
5:17 $0.99
7. What Love Is
3:45 $0.99
8. Fabulous Confession
2:40 $0.99
9. Beggar Of The Nile
4:35 $0.99
10. Big Black Grin
3:32 $0.99
11. The Mine
2:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Spottiswoode's UGLY LOVE is fast becoming a cult classic. Poppy and brooding at the same time, UGLY LOVE has been celebrated by critics around the country.

The New Yorker calls Spottiswoode "a genius." The Washington Post describes the cd as "beautiful". "Gorgeous" exclaims North Carolina's Creative Loafing. "Reminiscent of the moodiest material by Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits," states Athens' Flagpole Magazine. "Low and slinky with mood galore," says The Charlotte Observer.

UGLY LOVE travels a continent of moods and sonic textures. Peter Fox's production combines such colors as accordion, strings, bouzouki, horns, gospel vocals and lap steel guitar. Yet the record remains spare. Front and center is Spottiswoode's "deep, rough-hewn voice" (New Yorker), and his direct lyrical style.

The first two tracks were recently included in TART, starring Dominique Swain, Brad Renfro & Melanie Griffith.



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sly c

i love this cd, i find it so haunting, sexy, dark. best money spent in a long time. keep them coming.

Francine Sarto

I really like this! Reminds me of Tom Waits "Rain Dogs"'s great.
I love Tom Waits, and this CD has so much of the playful Parisian cafe vibe to it. I love the horns, too bad they are only on a few of the songs, they really create a "mood" that is alluring. I would love to see them live, but I live in Chicago...any plans for touring the midwest?

Chris Keup

inspires very particular moods - brilliantly drawn character pieces
Ugly Love is a brilliantly composed series of character pieces that manage to evoke incredibly specific and subtle variations of a prevailing dark and melancholic mood.

Vinnie Wright

Captivating, I find myself listening to it over and over
Upon the first listen, driving in my car on a long trip, I was able to really emerse myself in the music and let this artist take me on his journey. It is really captivating and like my love for Joni Mitchell records, it keeps telling me more on each listen. My favorite is Little Boys and Little Girls. Also, I've seen this band live in New York, and they are a must see...incredible!

Stephen Goldstein

Hypnotic.......magical! My new favorite record!
A friend from NY recommended this CD- she was right. It's fantastic! The colors and textures created by the musicians on this album frame Spottiswoode's heart breaking prose beautifully. Spott's voice caresses and jars one's soul simultaneously- a rare gift. Wait til you hear it!!!!


Umm, hate to say this, but this is pretty bad stuff. I mean, if one is into the "deep rough-hewn" voice, listen to Nick Cave, it's obvious J. Spottiswoode has. Oh shoot, nevermind, this is a great record; "The New Yorker" called this guy a "genius", and I worship "The New Yorker", not as much since Tina Brown left. Who's Tina Brown, kiddies?