John Grant ‎– Love Is Magic

Bella Union ‎– BELLA825V, Partisan Records ‎– BELLA825V
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Deluxe Edition, Clear

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Gatefold sleeve with 12"x12" 24-page photo book, 5 3/4"x8 1/4" 12-page lyric book and download card.

Photos have been spot glossed over a matte jacket; same on inner sleeves. Photo book contains photos shot by John Grant in Denton, Texas, USA and St. Breward, Cornwall, England 2017-2018. Photo book printed on 32lb paper. Lyric book cover printed on 32lb paper; lyric sheets printed on 20lb paper.

C2 is mis-titled 'You've Got Your Mothers Hips' in the download mp3's metadata.

Label Code and catalog number on spine.

Red or green sliver hype sticker denoting Deluxe Edition Clear vinyl, photo book and d/l card.

℗ & © 2018 Bella Union

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 051083 134798
  • Barcode (Sticker - UK Bella Union version): 5 051083 134804
  • Barcode (Sticker - US Partisan version): 7 20841 21603 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A; etched [STERLING stamped]): BELLA825V-A BI32828-01 A1 JN-H STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B; etched [STERLING stamped]): BELLA825V-B BI32828-01 B1 JN-H STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C; etched [STERLING stamped]): BELLA825V-C BI32828-02 C1 JN-H STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D; etched [STERLING stamped]): BELLA825V-D BI32828-02 D1 JN-H STERLING
  • Label Code: LC13566

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country  Year
none John Grant Love Is Magic(CD, Album, Pro) Bella Union none UK & Ireland 2018 Sell This Version
PTKF2160-2 John Grant Love Is Magic(CD, Album) Partisan Records PTKF2160-2 US 2018 Sell This Version
BELLA825V John Grant Love Is Magic(2xLP, Album) Bella Union BELLA825V USA & Europe 2018 Sell This Version
BELLA825CD John Grant Love Is Magic(CD, Album) Bella Union BELLA825CD USA & Europe 2018 Sell This Version


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April 14, 2019
Almost impossible to get the contents back in the gatefold. It needs to come with a plastic cover.


October 16, 2018
Why is a 10 track album on 2 different discs? Aargh.


October 13, 2018
edited 11 months ago
The entire first side of my (deluxe) copy is covered in hissing from the lead in groove to the dead wax. Unlistenable. Anyone else? I cannot believe how awful the sound quality is.
I received a replacement disc, which was perfect. Perhaps there is a rogue batch from a bad set of stampers or something.


October 11, 2018
edited 11 months ago

John Grant is a keen observer of the human condition. He seems to want what eveyone else wants: to connect authentically with someone. Seems he's had a bad go of it, though. The vignettes he presents paint questionable pictures of the guys he's come across; so much so that even pinnacle emotions like love have become bleak. So he illuminates the asinine male ego and the appeal of it. As an album, 'Love Is Magic' is heavy on the no-fucks-to-give. This time around, though, Grant is able to balance his vulnerability without sap. The gorgeous, crisp production--with its with synth flourishes--conjures up all the feels, yet, at times, is cold and robotic--though it's not a bad thing. This is Grant finding a vehicle to convey his long-smoldering, pent-up sass. 'Love Is Magic' is a man baring bones and being able to laugh afterwards--not from embarassment, but from irony.