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Released: June 30, 1990

Rating: 4.365 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: alternative rock/ Britpop

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Album Tracks:

  1. Son of a Gun
  2. I Can’t Sleep
  3. Timeless Melody
  4. Liberty Ship
  5. There She Goes
  6. Doledrum
  7. Feelin’
  8. Way Out
  9. I.O.U.
  10. Freedom Song
  11. Failure
  12. Looking Glass

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 196
peak on U.K. album chart 30

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • There She Goes (1/14/89) #13 UK, #2 MR
  • Timeless Melody (9/15/90) #57 UK, #12 MR
  • Feelin’ (2/16/91) #43 UK

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Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

The La’s
The La’s
“Like many bands of the British pop movement of the early 1990s, the La’s created a big – though short-lived – splash, then belly-flopped into obscurity.” BB However, “some albums exist outside of time or place, gently floating on their own style and sensibility…[and] the La’s lone album may be the most beguiling, a record that consciously calls upon the hooks and harmonies of 1964 without seeming fussily retro, a trick that anticipated the cheerful classicism of the Brit-pop ‘90s. But where their sons Oasis and Blur were all too eager to carry the torch of the past, Lee Mavers and the La’s exist outside of time, suggesting the ‘60s in their simple, tuneful, acoustic-driven arrangements but seeming modern in their open, spacy approach, sometimes as ethereal as anything coming out of the 4AD stable but brought down to earth by their lean, no-nonsense attack, almost as sinewy as any unaffected British Invasion band. But where so many guitar pop bands seem inhibited by tradition, the La’s were liberated by it, using basic elements to construct their own identity, one that’s propulsive and tuneful, or sweetly seductive, as it is on the band’s best-known song, There She Goes.” STE

“This album is replete with delightfully jangly, remarkably well-crafted songs and deserves to be waived from the stigma of one-hit-wonderdom,” BB “whether the group is bashing out a modern-day Merseybeat on Liberty Ship and bouncing two-step Doledrum, or alluding to Morrissey’s elliptical phrasing on Timeless Melody. This force gives the La’s some distinction, separating them from nostalgic revivalists even as their dedication to unadorned acoustic arrangements separates them from their contemporaries, but it’s this wildly willful sensibility – so respectful of the past it can’t imagine not following its own path – that turns The La’s into its own unique entity, indebted to the past and pointing toward the future, yet not belonging to either.” STE

“Lead singer and songwriter Lee Mavers is largely the culprit responsible for the success and failure of this album; a perfectionist, he ultimately paralyzed the album’s momentum with band-member changes, the relentless rerecording of songs, and obsession over details, which caused fatal delays in its completion and release. But his pursuit of perfection was nearly achieved – almost every song had potential as a successful single. Truly a sleeper classic.” BB

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Last updated December 1, 2009.