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Rattlesnakes

12 May 1992

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  Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
Perfect Skin (Album Version)
3:19
2
Speedboat
4:40
3
Rattlesnakes
3:31
4
Down On Mission Street
3:49
5
Forest Fire (Original Extended Version)
5:15
6
Charlotte Street
3:53
7
2cv
2:54
8
Four Flights Up
2:39
9
Patience
3:39
10
Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?
3:06
11
Sweetness
2:54
12
Andy's Babies
2:55
13
The Sea And The Sand
3:07
14
You Will Never Be No Good
2:44


Product details

  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1985 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 48:25
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  • ASIN: B001KWBHKE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,660 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine, Fine Album 30 Mar 2007
By Jervis VINE VOICE
Format:Audio Cassette
'Rattlesnakes' is the kind of album which can restore one's faith in the potential of pop music generally, especially when considering the musical climate at the time of the album's release in 1984. It was refreshing to actually hear songs that were not bombarded with overproduction where they could breathe allowing their true potential to shine through. With 'Rattlesnakes' Lloyd Cole and his Commotions actually managed to record an album that's almost as perfect as they're ever likely to come. There's a wealth of influences to be found within these songs, namely Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and a sixties styled jangly guitar sound which isn't too far removed from the Commotions contempories The Smiths at times. Lloyd never tried to come across as attempting to make a profound statement, as many of his influences tend to do - he preferred a much lighter touch - a hint of pop mixed with a little folk alongside his literary style of writing. This made for a most agreeable sound. 'Perfect Skin' is perhaps the best known song as it was a successful single yet for me if one song does shine just that little bit brighter it's 'Forest Fire'.
'Rattlesnakes' is a remarkably poised and focused piece of work which is incredibly consistent from start to finish without any obvious weak moments.
Lloyd and his Commotions would find it incredibly hard to release an album ever to match these set of songs.

'Rattlesnakes' is well worth purchasing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are You Ready To Be Blown Away? 26 Jan 2006
By Jimbo VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Lloyd Cole - a true genius hit the pinnacle of his career in the mid 1980s with this masterpiece of modern music. I cannot find a fault with this album, each song beautifully written and performed, the lyrics brimming with intellectualisms you will rarely find, and the whole package still shining all these years later. I don't want to say anything bad about this album and to be honest I don't think you will either. From the opening track through to the end this is simply awesome. My favourite track has to be Forest Fire - the guitar solo still makes the hairs on my neck stand out 20 odd yeras after first hearing it. If you have never listened to Lloyd Cole then buy this album - I promise you will not be disappointed Buy It!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By BD VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It is hard to believe that the original album was originally released over 20 years ago in 1984. Originally labeled part of the so called `college rock' scene (and later cruelly labeled as glum rock) this album goes way beyond being included in any such `movement' and stands high as one the finest albums of the 80's by any artist and one of my favourite all time albums. The production has not dated, probably as a result of the combination of a clean sound and the intelligently composed songs laced with smart, ironic lyrics, formed around folk-rock-melody patterns, a style which remains eternally popular. This classic album kicks off with the impossibly wordy track `perfect skin' (a trick repeated on a later commotions album `mainstream' and the opening track `my bag') which really sets the tone for the whole album with Intelligent lyrics, quality musicianship and painted pictures full of observations of young university life and loves, and conflicting social circumstances that occur among the overeducated and underemployed.

Cole's key skill, which he also carries over with varying success into his solo career, is to be smart and accurate with observation and commentary, but also retain a certain degree of self mocking wit and humour about proceedings, which prevents Lloyd Cole coming across as self indulgent or pretentious. This album and its songs are literally littered with statements, questions and self answered queries, many of which have more than one angle to approach them from, for example how many songwriters dare to pair up the words sin and cosmopolitan in a verse?
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best records ever made 4 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's good to see that the other reviews give this album 5 stars. If you know this album and you can appreciate talent then you will know that anything less would be absurd. Some of the comments of the other reviews worry me a little though. For example, comments such as "This is an album that probably is Lloyd's definitive piece" and "Certainly ranks...alongside Cole's first solo album..." Surprised to say the least. I like Lloyd Cole's work and I wouldn't want to hurt his feelings but without doubt this was his definitive moment. THIS IS IT. As happens when we fall in love with an album by an artist we always hope for more. So we buy the next release the day it comes out. We get it home, put it on and despite temporarily denying it to ourselves we soon realise that it's not quite what we had hoped for. But no matter, maybe the next one. So we buy that one, and the next and so on until we can finally admit to ourselves that 'Revolver' isn't coming. Apart from the odd miracle workers who follow an upward path (Beatles, Radiohead, others) we never quite get what we're looking for. And that's how the artist must feel too. Because they all realise how transient artistic genius is. It's all to do with space and time and your place in it. And true works of art come from the mix like Frankenteins, uncontrolled and daunting. That's why so many bands who hit the heights at the first attempt get stifled by their own creation and fade with the genius in them (take the Roses, Embrace, Suede, etc). You may argue that other bands work up to their best. I would say there is still only one peak in every mountain range.
So back to Rattlesnakes. The record on which Lloyd Cole's genius shone brightest. I can't express how much I like this album lyrically.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
A stunning album of perfect pop - I'd forgotten just how sublime these songs are - Lloyd Cole's voice is a thing of beauty :)))
Published 8 months ago by kdw
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I brought this for a friend her and her family are really enjoying listening to it and have brought quite a few more CDs since from amazon
Published 9 months ago by jenny robson
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you ready to be...heartbroken?
Absolute music, fantastic album. Best of Lloyd Cole.
Buy it without exitation... I don' t remember how it
sounds, I think good anyway. Read more
Published on 9 July 2011 by Lucazest
5.0 out of 5 stars The 80s weren't ALL about The Smiths you know.....
How many times do we hear that the 80s were a wasteland of decent music - with the exception of The Smiths?? Well this album from 1985 proves all the critics wrong. Read more
Published on 1 May 2011 by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need
To be brutally honest, this is a sublime album, but all you will ever need by Mr Cole. Don't bother with any greatest hits collection: just buy this.
Published on 8 Feb 2011 by Mr. D. M. Ellingworth
5.0 out of 5 stars astonishing
I listened to this for the first time in ages and cannot believe how good it is. This is one of those rare albums that can be listened to from start to finish and doesn't lag or... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by H. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars swotty students and self-conscious intellectuals.
Arguably one of the finest British pop albums of the '80s, 1984's RATTLESNAKES is the brilliant debut of one of the finest singer-songwriters of the decade. Read more
Published on 14 July 2010 by P. Frizelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I love this album, and listen to it at least once a week. I love the title track, Perfect Skin and Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken? Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2009 by A. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars another classic 80's album
Rattlesnakes was one of my best vinyl purchases of the 1980's, so it was only natural that i would purchase the album on cd. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2009 by S. Suligowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Hearing 'Perfect Skin' for the first time when it was released as a single was one of those 'wow' moments for me. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2007 by D. J. H. Thorn
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