RELEASE
January 21, 2003
LABEL
Too Pure

Album Review

Though Laika doesn't seem the best of candidates for a greatest hits, the band celebrates its tenth anniversary with a stylish two-disc collection that offers most to fans of the band (as well as fans of clever design). Separated into hits and rarities discs, Lost in Space, Vol. 1 (1992-2002) spends about an hour with an intensive Laika history lesson (three songs originally on each full-length, plus one only available on a Volume compilation), then moves onto a collection of live songs, Peel Sessions, a few remixes, and one new song. The compilation portion is well-selected, balancing band favorites ("Sugar Daddy," "Shut Off/Curl Up") with popular successes ("Uneasy" and "Breather," a pair of busily percussive tracks with a moody arrangement and understated vocals). The rarities are no less intriguing, hardly a surprise from a band with such a firm grasp on the reins of quality control. The group's cover of Wire's "German Shepherds" is a highlight, along with the B-side "Lie Low" and a Jack Dangers remix of "Looking for the Jackalope." Though Laika LPs are far too compulsory to make this a first purchase, one attribute that might push it over into the essential category for on-the-fence fans: clever notes from Margaret Fiedler and Guy Fixsen regarding each song. For instance, here's a factoid: Fiedler owns the record for most appearances by a female on a John Peel session -- as a member of Moonshake and Laika, plus her guest spots on sessions by PJ Harvey and God Is My Co-Pilot.
John Bush, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. T. Streethttp://itunes.apple.com/album/t-street/id311420380?i=311420393&uo=5
  2. Sugar Daddyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311420418&id=311420380
  3. Breatherhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311420423&id=311420380
  4. Coming Down Glasshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311420427&id=311420380
  5. If You Miss [Laika Virgin Mix]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311420430&id=311420380
  6. Bedbugshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311420432&id=311420380
  7. Go Fishhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311420439&id=311420380
  8. Uneasyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311420442&id=311420380
  9. Shut Off/Curl Uphttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-space-vol-1-1993-2002/id311420380?uo=5
  10. Lower Than Starshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311420470&id=311420380
  11. Beestingerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-space-vol-1-1993-2002/id311420380?uo=5
  12. Prairie Dog [Maxwell House Remix]http://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-space-vol-1-1993-2002/id311420380?uo=5
  13. Looking for the Jackalope [Peel Session]http://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-space-vol-1-1993-2002/id311420380?uo=5
  14. Badtimes [Peel Session]http://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-space-vol-1-1993-2002/id311420380?uo=5
  15. Go Fish [Peel Session]http://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-space-vol-1-1993-2002/id311420380?uo=5
  16. Red River [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-space-vol-1-1993-2002/id311420380?uo=5
  17. German Shepherdshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-space-vol-1-1993-2002/id311420380?uo=5
  18. Lie Lowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-space-vol-1-1993-2002/id311420380?uo=5
  19. Lyin' Goathttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-space-vol-1-1993-2002/id311420380?uo=5
  20. Squeakyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-space-vol-1-1993-2002/id311420380?uo=5
  21. Marimba Song [Boo Boo's Gone Mambo]http://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-space-vol-1-1993-2002/id311420380?uo=5
  22. Looking for the Jackalope [Jack Danger's 236 Remix]http://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-space-vol-1-1993-2002/id311420380?uo=5
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