Not his best but still excellent!,
This review is from: Don't Get Weird on Me Babe (Audio CD)
Upon release I was just a little disappointed on this album as it didn't match the heights of his debut self-titled solo album from 1990.
However, the album has stood the test of time well and there remains much to enjoy for committed fans and more casual listeners alike.
The concept was to record one side (of a vinyl record) with orchestral backing, and the other of more pop-rock based arrangements. Some reviewers of the day felt the orchestral arrangemnts were overwrought of lended a tweeness to Cole's songs but fans for the most part were very impressed.
The opening track Butterfly always gets a lot of attention although I feel it's a little over-rated (the gorgeous Weeping Wine and Half of Everything were the tracks that caught my ear particularly from the first listen and still remain my favourites nearly 15 years later).
Of the orchestral songs (first 6 tracks) only Margo's Waltz doesn't quite hold the attention but the others are all of high quality, with the stunning Half of Everything being the centrepiece.
The "second side" seems rather more ordinary by comparison with the highlights Weeping Wine and She's a Girl And I'm a Man (both singles) sitting along side rather more mundane (by Lloyd's standards) Tell Your Sister, To the Lions and Pay for It, along with the more memorable The One You Never Had.
It is not easy to rank Lloyd Cole albums as he keeps such a consistently high standard. New converts should certainly buy this but might want to check out the Commotions albums and all the other solo sets - bar Bad Vibes - first.