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Losing Sleep [CD]

Edwyn Collins Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Heavenly
  • ASIN: B003XF10EO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Do It Again 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Humble 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Bored 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. In Your Eyes 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Still Believe In You 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Over The Hill 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. It Dawns On Me 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. All My Days 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Searching For The Truth 2:180.99  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

It's impossible to judge Edwyn Collins’ first album of new material since the stroke he suffered in 2005 (2007’s Home Again comprised songs written, if not recorded, beforehand) separately from his near-death experience, not least because some of the lyrics address what happened. But it is emphatically not a great album just because of the fact of his survival. Whatever the criteria, Losing Sleep would measure up.

It doesn’t sound like the work of a man who still needs to walk with a stick and can barely cross the road alone. Collins does have support – from Franz Ferdinand, The Drums, Johnny Marr and The Cribs, all of whom owe him and seminal janglers Orange Juice a debt – but it’s more adornment than crutch. These 12 tracks have an irrepressible energy that is all Collins’ own, reflecting his twin loves of punk and northern soul; while his lyrics, always wryly self-regarding, have an urgency and bluntness that would make them seem inconsequential were there not so much at stake.

There’s little prevaricating here. The title-track, and album opener, finds him losing not just sleep but dignity in his damaged state, insecure about his life and work, achieving Brian Wilson-esque levels of naive candour. Over the Hill is a typically Edwyn double-bluff title that evokes his "reckless youth" and contemplates a future when he’ll be older and wiser, having learned nothing from his "world of darkness". I Still Believe in You, with its echoes of Iggy’s Lust for Life, starts with a joke ("When I’m alone, I miss you / Back at my house, I don’t") before movingly encapsulating the two constants in his life: dread, and his wife Grace.

And yet Collins was always more multifaceted than the boyishly fey and ironically forlorn character who created the space for Morrissey to exist. His words are as complex as ever. As he sings over a driving motorik beat on In Your Eyes, "The point I’m trying to make is, I’m changing my mind / The politics of life are obscure". The final two tracks, All My Days and Searching for the Truth, are ballads that present him as a heart-on-sleeve troubadour, but it would be too convenient to conclude that he has found the answer in simple soul-searching. If anything, What Is My Role? is more representative of the 51-year-old Collins as, over a buzzing Magazine-ish riff, he wonders where he fits in the scheme of things. The answer is he doesn’t, which is precisely why he’s still of value.

--Paul Lester

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EDWYN COLLINS Losing Sleep (2010 UK 12-track CD album - Recorded at Edwyns own West Heath Studios between November 2008 and May 2010 and produced by Edwyn and Sebastian Lewsley Losing Sleep features tracks co-written with Johnny Marr Roddy Frame Alex Kapranos & Nick McCarthy [Franz Ferdinand] Romeo Stodart [The Magic Numbers] Ryan Jarman [The Cribs] and The Drums gatefold card picture sleeve complete with picture / lyric booklet insert)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is great by anyone's standards 9 Sep 2010
By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
It would be easy to allow sympathy for Edwyn's recent travails to cloud your judgement on listening to this album. Well don't. I've been fortunate enough to listen to a pre-release copy and this is a genuinely beautiful and in some places heart wrenchingly poignant listen (see I've let my emotions get the better of me) We all know that this guy is a song-writing genius and by surrounding himself with such A listers (see sleeve and website for details)he has ensured that the chances of any drop in standards have been avoided. That's not to say that they cover for any of the great man's frailties. He is in fine voice and the exuberance he and the supporting cast show suggest that they had a great time recording this. If you want well crafted, quality wordplay and tunefulness, this is the album for you.

A delight!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Album 1 Nov 2010
By Scott
Format:Audio CD
I have always been a fan. However this album and the 2007 album 'Home Again' are 'must have' stand out albums.

I would rate 'Losing Sleep' as one of the most accomplished albums of the year. It grows and grows with every listen. The songs are all delicious. Not a dud in there.

I would urge anyone to buy it now. The CD comes with a lovely little booklet with complete lyrics and nice shots of vintage microphones which I think may well be part of Edwyn Collins' personal collection.

This would make a perfect gift if you have a 40 something friend who will really get a kick out of the music and message, or if you are new to Mr Collins, this is a magical place to start.

More please!

Thanks Edwyn for such inspiration.

PS. You might also like to read 'Falling and Laughing' which tells the remarkable and inspirational story of Edwyn Collins' fight back from his near fatal illness. Beautifully written by his partner Grace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edwyn's Best Yet? 22 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Just listened to this for the first time, and I must say I am VERY impressed. It may even surpass Hope and Despair as my favourite Edwyn album. Would definitely recommend buying this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edwyn's back! 29 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've always loved Edwyn from his Orange Juice days (even shared a gig once with him) and was devastated by his illness and the thought that this brilliant individual might never make music again. I should have known better! Using the same steel-willed determination with which he fought for his life and and back to performing, this new album is truly an inspiration. All the old Edwyn touches are there, from Motown influences to the gentle ballads and usual clever wordplays and insights. It deserves to be a massive smash. Properly written and performed music by one of our best. BUY THIS CD!!! Can't wait to see him in Brighton soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody wonderful 3 May 2012
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Has a kind of punky, homemade feel about it which is kinda endearing, but the quality of the songwriting shines through. Wonderful songs, greatly done. There are so many stomping rock songs here it's hard to pick a favourite, but What Is My Role is grand, Come Tomorrow, Come Today is timeless, I Still Believe In You has a riff you can clean your teeth with. Great stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you 'WORD' magazine 7 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
As a subscriber to Word music magazine you get a free cd every month
These are a wonderful source of good music, as a result of hearing
a track from this cd (do it again) I have been privileged to her the whole album
Which is just wonderful, well produced sounds crystal clear and full of emotion,
All bar one of the tracks are upbeat the one slow one is good too.
Can't recommend highly enough great cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 3 Oct 2011
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I would normally not bother to write a review when all the existing reviews (13, currently) rate the album as five star. However, in the case of this latest effort from the great Edwyn Collins, I feel somewhat duty-bound.

Most people will no doubt have heard about the tragic events in Edwyn's life, but this only serves to reiterate what a fantastic and joyous achievement has been his recovery (arguably surpassing all his earlier achievements). On Losing Sleep Edwyn co-writes a number of the songs with some of his no-doubt many admirers including Johnny Marr, Ryan Jarman (The Cribs), Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) and Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers), and there is not a duff track here. Personal favourites are In Your Eyes, Humble, Searching For The Truth and the title song.

Should you agree that this is a great album, I recommend checking out some of Edwyn's earlier solo albums (personal favourites are Gorgeous George and I'm Not Following You) or, going back even further, his great work with Orange Juice (none better than The Glasgow School).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2010 23 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
One of the most underrated artists these shores has produced. 'Gorgeous George' should have been huge, but although 'A Girl Like You' gave Edwyn his first bone fide hit since the brilliant 'Rip It Up' 12 years earlier, he has not achieved the level of success of several of his less-talented peers.
'Losing Sleep' is like a breath of fresh air in these bland, mediocre 'X-Factor' musical times. It's hard to single out a particular track, as the exceptionally high standard of the songs is maintained throughout the album, with no filler.
Each song lodges in your brain and the listener is rewarded with repeated listens. Thoughtful, uplifting lyrics and killer hooks.
Although 2010 produced some good albums by the likes of Deerhunter, MGMT, and Weller, this album is definitely the pick of the crop. Essential listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edwyn forever
Some brilliant new songs here. A good mix of acoustic and electric, i.e. both sides of Edwyn. Buy it now.
Published 3 months ago by dl10
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Just read about the fact that Edwin had a stroke. Can't beleive it! I lhave loved the album without knowing any of this!
Published on 25 Aug 2011 by Mr. M. S. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful lyrics + brilliant music = great album
Being a fan of The Drums, I was immediately won over after hearing 'In Your Eyes' on 6 Music, wherein Collins takes the band's trademark style in a slightly darker direction,... Read more
Published on 1 May 2011 by bk-reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars He does it again.
I have always liked Edwyn's music especially Gorgeous George and I'm not following you and this album is in very close competition with the aforementioned, so its a winner of an... Read more
Published on 21 April 2011 by lemonexit
5.0 out of 5 stars springwater
great return of the Orange Juice former leader : the freshness and harmony of the work are remarkable and astonishing. A bunch of songs that remains in your mind and in your soul. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by Marconi Luca
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Alternative Pop/Rock
This is an extremely well crafted set of cuts; filled to the brim with hooks and earnestness. The set is scheduled for March here in the USA but I couldn't wait and purchased the... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2011 by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars better and better
I was treated to this album for Xmas, and what a knock-out it is. Compared with his last album, this is very upbeat - melodies which really are beautiful and the words are... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by gina grey
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute class from Edwyn Collins
Losing Sleep is a brilliant album and I have listened to it loads in my car since I bought it in the Autumn. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2010 by Mr. Craig Henderson
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