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Losing Sleep [VINYL] Double LP

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  • Vinyl (20 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double LP
  • Label: Heavenly
  • ASIN: B003ZBS99K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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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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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2011
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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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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Losing Sleep is a brilliant album and I have listened to it loads in my car since I bought it in the Autumn. This album is an absolute classic and there are some terrific songs on the album. I love the title track, What is my role? is a great song and Bored is a great tune. This is fabulous album when you consider the serious health problems Edwyn has had in recent years. Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand sings well on the album and Johnny Marr makes a guest appearance.
Losing Sleep is a great record and is a real grower. You get something every time you listen to it. I love Edwyn's singing voice and the lyrics are funny, clever and poignant. You wont regret buying this album.
Terrific stuff from a talented and brave man.
5 stars
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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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