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XX - Two Decades Of Love Metal

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For certain, there is no shortage of options for someone looking to get acquainted with H.I.M. Those new to the work of the Finnish goth-metal group could get their feet wet with 2004's exceptional And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits ’97-’04; wade into the pool of B-sides on Uneasy Listening, Vols. 1 & 2; or go completely overboard with The Singles Collection, an expansive ten-disc sampler for the hardest of hardcore fans. The 20-song disc XX: Two Decades of Love Metal does a reasonable job of expanding on what was their most likely starting point, And Love Said No. However, choosing between the two is a matter of taste. With this one, a Neil Diamond cover is replaced with a previously unreleased cover of "Strange World" by Kevin Grivois (aka Ké). In return for losing "Close to the Flame," "And Love Said No," and "It’s All Tears (Drown in This Love)," we gain two songs apiece from Dark Light, Venus Doom, and Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice. These later-era songs are up to snuff with the earlier material, so it really comes down to whether you can live with the fact that eight of these songs are radio edits. If so, this is an excellent way to start experiencing the fuzzed-out gloom and doom. Then the next logical step is to go back to square one and check out Greatest Lovesongs, Vol. 666 (which isn't a compilation, despite the misleading name).
© Jason Lymangrover /TiVo

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1
Strange World
00:04:10

HIM, MainArtist

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2013 The End Records

2
Join Me In Death
00:03:37

HIM, MainArtist - Valo, Writer - Taina Franzen, Contributor

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2013 The End Records

3
Heartkiller
00:03:29

HIM, MainArtist - Valo, Composer, Lyricist - Matt Squire, Producer - Travis Huff, Engineer - Larry Goetz, Synthesizer Programmer - Neal Avron, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Nicolas Fournier, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Dave Colvin, Assistant Engineer - Steve Tippeconnic, Assistant Engineer - Tate Hall, Assistant Engineer

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2009 Sire Records

4
Wings of a Butterfly
00:03:31

Tim Palmer, Producer, Mixer - HIM, MainArtist - Valo, Writer

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2005 Sire Records. Marketed by Warner Records Inc., A Warner Music Group Company.

5
The Kiss of Dawn Single Remix
00:03:59

Tim Palmer, Producer, Mixer - HIM, MainArtist - Valo, Writer - Taina Franzen, Contributor

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2007 Sire Records for the U.S. Marketed by Warner Records Inc., A Warner Music Group Company.

6
The Funeral Of Hearts
00:03:38

HIM, MainArtist - Ville Valo, Writer

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2003 BMG Finland Oy

7
Right Here In My Arms
00:03:24

HIM, MainArtist - Ville Valo, Composer, Lyricist - Valo, Writer - John Fryer, Producer

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 1999 BMG Finnland Oy; mit freundlicher Genehmigung der BMG Ariola München GmbH (LC: 00451)

8
Pretending
00:03:41

HIM, MainArtist

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2013 The End Records

9
Buried Alive By Love
00:04:00

HIM, MainArtist - Valo, Writer - Taina Franzen, Contributor

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2013 The End Records

10
Gone With The Sin
00:04:22

HIM, MainArtist

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2013 The End Records

11
Your Sweet Six Six Six
00:04:12

HIM, MainArtist - Valo, Composer, Lyricist - Lindstrom, Composer, Lyricist - Rantala, Lyricist - Hiili, Producer - Melasniemi, Composer, Lyricist - Paananen, Composer, Lyricist

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 1998 BMG Ariola GmbH LC: 1892

12
The Sacrament
00:03:32

HIM, MainArtist

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2013 The End Records

13
Wicked Game
00:03:53

HIM, MainArtist - Chris Isaak, Writer

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 1997 BMG Finland Oy

14
Killing Loneliness
00:04:30

Tim Palmer, Producer, Mixer - HIM, Performed by, MainArtist - Valo, Writer - Stephen Marcussen, Masterer - Dave Starr, Assistant Engineer - Mark O'Donoughue, Recorded by - Steef van de Gevel, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2005 Sire Records. Marketed by Warner Records Inc., A Warner Music Group Company.

15
Bleed Well Edit
00:03:35

Tim Palmer, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by - HIM, Co-Producer, MainArtist - Ville Valo, Composer, Lyricist - Linde, Performed by - Valo, Writer, Performed by - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Burton, Performed by - Taina Franzen, Contributor - GAS, Performed by - Arto, Assistant Engineer - Hilli Hiilesmaa, Co-Producer, Recorded by - James Seyberth, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Mige, Performed by

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2007 Sire Records for the U.S. Marketed by Warner Records Inc., A Warner Music Group Company.

16
In Joy And Sorrow
00:03:33

HIM, Producer, MainArtist - Ville Valo, Composer, Lyricist - Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, Producer - T. T. Oksala, Producer

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2001 BMG Finnland Oy

17
Poison girl
00:03:52

HIM, MainArtist - Valo, Writer - Taina Franzen, Contributor

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2013 The End Records

18
Scared to Death
00:03:40

HIM, MainArtist - Valo, Composer, Lyricist - Matt Squire, Producer - Travis Huff, Engineer - Larry Goetz, Synthesizer Programmer - Neal Avron, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Nicolas Fournier, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Dave Colvin, Assistant Engineer - Steve Tippeconnic, Assistant Engineer - Tate Hall, Assistant Engineer

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2010 Sire Records

19
When Love And Death Embrace
00:03:36

HIM, MainArtist

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2013 The End Records

20
Heartache Every Moment
00:03:58

HIM, MainArtist - Ville Valo, Composer, Writer

© 2013 The End Records ℗ 2001 BMG Finland Oy

Album Description

For certain, there is no shortage of options for someone looking to get acquainted with H.I.M. Those new to the work of the Finnish goth-metal group could get their feet wet with 2004's exceptional And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits ’97-’04; wade into the pool of B-sides on Uneasy Listening, Vols. 1 & 2; or go completely overboard with The Singles Collection, an expansive ten-disc sampler for the hardest of hardcore fans. The 20-song disc XX: Two Decades of Love Metal does a reasonable job of expanding on what was their most likely starting point, And Love Said No. However, choosing between the two is a matter of taste. With this one, a Neil Diamond cover is replaced with a previously unreleased cover of "Strange World" by Kevin Grivois (aka Ké). In return for losing "Close to the Flame," "And Love Said No," and "It’s All Tears (Drown in This Love)," we gain two songs apiece from Dark Light, Venus Doom, and Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice. These later-era songs are up to snuff with the earlier material, so it really comes down to whether you can live with the fact that eight of these songs are radio edits. If so, this is an excellent way to start experiencing the fuzzed-out gloom and doom. Then the next logical step is to go back to square one and check out Greatest Lovesongs, Vol. 666 (which isn't a compilation, despite the misleading name).
© Jason Lymangrover /TiVo

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