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4.0 out of 5 stars Brave and (often) brilliant, 5 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Don't Get Weird on Me Babe (Audio CD)
Lloyd Cole's second solo LP, "Don't Get Weird On Me, Babe" is a brave and bold half-move away from the jingle-jangle indie guitar rock of his Commotions work and debut solo album into a lusher, orchestral domain. I say "half-move" as one half of the record retains the trademark Cole sound (the second half in Europe and the first in the US market) - and with tracks like Tell Your Sister, She's A Girl And I'm A Man and Pay For It, it really is a good thing these weren't consigned to the dustbin to make way for a full orchestral album. These songs not only lend the album a commercial, radio-friendly edge, but they are among the most hard-edged tracks of Lloyd's career and are an interesting contrast to the down-tempo, lusher moments on the record. Of the latter, Butterfly is the stand-out track: a tale of a subversive, destructive relationship wrapped in the most gorgeous melody and orchestral arrangement. This stands the test of time well, far better than other tracks such as Half Of Everything which wanders too much into MOR lounge. Cole's trademark lyrical wit and intelligence is in plentiful supply, and as is often the case you find yourself laughing at the darkly humorous lyrics. Overall, this is a very courageous second solo album and demonstrates a versatility to Cole's sound. Like a good wine, this LP (on the whole) gets better with age.
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