Lloyd Cole's `Love Story' has become a staple listen in my player. Some sweet songs, some characteristically spiky, some not so good, but all told this is a heart-warming package to please all of his fans. A better effort I feel than `Songs in a Foreign Language'. For me his best solo work is on `Antidepressant' - such gorgeous, typically wry and telling, if sometimes too-brief songs, topped off with the exquisite `Rolodex Incident'.
The man's an amazing talent with the range and variety of his output over a very long time, and here his song-writing talent rarely fails him - he is of course outstanding with words. I particularly love `Love Ruins Everything', `Sentimental Fool', and the rocking 'Like Lovers Do'. `Happy for You' finds Lloyd at his most magnanimous - don't worry he says, waving goodbye with a re-assuring `That's the best thing to do, Don't you apologise, You don't owe me'.
Strangely woosy orchestrations on the unappealing twosome `Baby' and `Traffic', but things liven up considerably on the bright and breezy `Let's Get Lost'. The album draws to a quiet close with the reflective and plaintive `For Crying Out Loud'.
Nice orchestrations and Lloyd keeps his idiosyncratic `croaking' to a minimum - that proved a little annoying for me on SIAFL. I feel his warm voice is suited to these laid back and gentle reflections, with the warm and resonant arrangements staying fresh and thankfully short of being lush. A nice sprinkling of more upbeat numbers keeps Lloyd in the groove, and all told a very pleasing set.