- Released: March 19, 1991
- Label: London / Umgd
Entertainment Weekly - 4/5/91
"..full of pretty melodies, clean rock guitars, and Liverpudlian accents." - Rating: A+
Q - 10/01, p.46Ranked #44
in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"
Q - 12/99, p.68
Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q - 3/01, pp.126-75 stars out of 5
- "...The music has aged beautifully....the kind of mindboggling suite that many groups would use to bookend a career..."
Uncut - p.964 stars out of 5
-- "[G]lory in the timeless effervescence of The La's, still sounding as fresh and exciting as ever."
Mojo (Publisher) - 3/01, p.108
"...One of the few triumphs of British guitar music to emerge in the troubled years between the demise of The Smiths and the rise of Britpop..."
NME (Magazine) - 2/3/01, p.349 out of 10
- "...There's magic in these songs....If you don't know the album already, and you're even remotely interested in guitar pop, then its purchase is an absolute necessity..."
- 1.Son of a Gun
- 2.I Can't Sleep
- 3.Timeless Melody
- 4.Liberty Ship
- 5.There She Goes
- 8.Way Out
- 9.I. O. U.
- 10.Freedom Song
- 12.Looking Glass
The La's includes: Lee Mavers, John Power, Peter James "Cammy" Camell, Neil Mavers.
Engineers: Mark Wallis, David Charles, Donal Hodgson.
The perpetually disenchanted Liverpudlians grumbled their way through most of their interviews. Scathingly perfectionist, they dismissed most of their output with a metaphorical wave of the hand, compliments bounced off them in all directions, but for the La's, it was never enough. It is hard now to see why they were so dissatisfied; THE LA'S is a graceful, sweeping and rather grand pop record, utterly charming and filled with a meek beauty typified by the wonderful "There She Goes" single, the sincere "I Can't Sleep" and the shining "Timeless Melody". Great moments.