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4.0 out of 5 stars
Out on a High, 6 Feb 2002
The final LP from Lloyd Cole and the Commotions probably saw the strongest performances from the band across some mighty fine songs. The music may not have the jangle of the "Rattlesnakes" era, but is certainly more diverse. In particular, "Mr Malcontent" and "Jennifer She Said" (another 'J' name for the collection!) are possibly the band's best recordings. The lead-off single, "My Bag", worryingly failed to make the top 40, maybe because it's grooviness was unexpected. The record buying public missed a treat of intelligent well-crafted songs.
Among the highlights is "Sean Penn Blues", a rocking ode to the ex-Mr Madonna and tells the true story of a cruel stunt played on him by NY smart-alec journalists. I wonder if Lloyd is planning a song in honour of Guy Ritchie? Or better still, should Madonna sing a song about Shane Ritchie?
Apart from the listless "Big Snake", every one of these tracks hit the mark in terms of playing, their lyrics (natch) and Lloyd's voice.