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I'd had all the Luxury albums for a few years now. I don't know which one is my favourite - it might be Health And Sport. I also was not initially too fond of the band. But as I was studying for finals I started listening to them a bit more and I've brightened to them considerably. I know Lee Bozeman is producing some solo material but does anyone else like Luxury?

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I had the first album and liked it but haven't listened to it in years. Maybe I should blow the dust off of the CD one of these days and give it another spin. They're still together, huh?

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I do like Luxury. No, they aren't still together, if I recall correctly; I think Health and Sport was their kind of send-off as a band. But their albums are very good indie rock, hints of Radiohead and the Smiths and that sort of thing...

Lee Boseman, the voice behind Luxury, is still making music under various pseudonyms and his own name. Love & Affection, recorded under the band name All Things Bright and Beautiful, is a remarkable, beautiful, and harrowing confessional album about love, lust, betrayal, guilt and forgiveness. It's one of the best, and most disturbing, albums written from a Christian worldview I've ever heard. There is one EP, also quite good, under the name His Name is Orient. And there are several more recent EPs under Lee Boseman's own name. I believe he's currently studying for the Orthodox priesthood.

And while I was typing this message (no kidding!), I received the following email message:

"I have just made available two more new songs entitled Queer Logic and Jardim Gramacho. I was a little impatient and couldn't wait until September. If you would like to, you can follow the link below to download these or others that happen to be there. Thank you for taking a little time and showing a little interest. All the best.

Lee

http://leebozeman.bandcamp.com/releases"

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And while I was typing this message (no kidding!), I received the following email message:

Jardim Gramacho.

BTW, this is the name of the landfill in Waste Land.

[edit] I remember seeing Love & Affection on the Northern Records website once, and it had a some kind of "mature content" warning with it. (Northern's site isn't up right now, so I couldn't see if it's still there.) I listened to the record on Spotify tonight, and while the content is mature, it's not for the reasons that label usually gets slapped on.

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Seconding Andy -- I've been championing Bozeman for years. I don't think anybody's done a really good, definitive profile of him yet -- I've read interviews here or there but they're mostly email 'interviews' and I'd love to actually see an in-depth verbal interview with him.

I think the main reason for the mature label is the disarming lyric "when you're young/ you love to f--k" in an incredibly sweet and lovely song, "A Happiness."

Anyway. This guy has been writing amazing songs for over 15 years. All Things Bright and Beautiful is definitely his magnum opus, but I also really like the second and fourth Luxury records (The Latest and the Greatest, Health & Sport) and I think Orient is His Name has a lot of potential. It'd be nice to see a cohesive record from OIHN but I don't think that's the way it works nowadays..

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Seconding Andy -- I've been championing Bozeman for years. I don't think anybody's done a really good, definitive profile of him yet -- I've read interviews here or there but they're mostly email 'interviews' and I'd love to actually see an in-depth verbal interview with him.

I think the main reason for the mature label is the disarming lyric "when you're young/ you love to f--k" in an incredibly sweet and lovely song, "A Happiness."

Down The Line should try to do an exposé on him - they cover a lot of familiar alternative Christian artists.

I like "A Happiness" but the two songs that stand out the most for me on All Things Bright And Beautiful are "Post-Modern Love" ("There is within me / a life of pornography") and "Wedding Feast of the Lamb: First Movement" (I heard he had done some work on a "Wedding Feast of the Lamb: Second Movement").

I find that with Luxury and Lee, I either really like their songs or I dislike their songs. But they certainly are a unique band to emerge from the alternative Christian scene of the 1990s.

He finds no mercy

And he's lost in the crowd

With an armoured heart of metal

He finds he's running out of odd-numbered daisies

From which to pull the petals

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So there's a group on Facebook called "90s Christian Music Recovery Group" and Lee hinted on it that there may be a new Luxury album coming out.

But can someone help me answer a question I have...people often compare Luxury to the Smiths and I have very little experience with the Smiths...what exactly makes the two bands so similar?

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And he's lost in the crowd

With an armoured heart of metal

He finds he's running out of odd-numbered daisies

From which to pull the petals

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It's mainly in the vocals, IMO. Bozeman and Morrissey have some similar vocal styles. Musically, Luxury is much louder and heavier.

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Ah, thanks. I was wondering particularly about lyrics - Luxury and Lee's solo material seems to delve into sexuality (or maybe that's my 21-years showing) - a topic rarely explored in CCM (I'm thinking "Red Mascara", "Post-Modern Love", "Queer Logic") and I was wondering if that was somewhat similar to the Smiths (e.g. "Handsome Devil").

He finds no mercy

And he's lost in the crowd

With an armoured heart of metal

He finds he's running out of odd-numbered daisies

From which to pull the petals

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I think there's certainly some overlap there.

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