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This review is from: Mainstream (Audio CD)
Mainstream was the third and final studio album that Lloyd Cole made with the Commotions. In retrospect this was the perfect book end for the trilogy of the Commotions collaborations beginning with the classic Rattlesnakes, the confused follow up Easy Pieces and then this album.
Mainstream provides a strong contrast with the band's debut. Rattlesnakes tells us stories and tales of observations of art student life and finishes by asking us `Are you ready to be heartbroken? Whereas Mainstream with it's at times fragile reflections back on life and lessons learnt and lost loves would seem to answer that.
Mainstream begins with echoes of the Rattlesnakes debut album with the impossibly wordy My Bag (which is a commentary on celebrity life and fame, `My world gets bigger as my eyesight gets worse) being similar in feel to the debut album opener Perfect skin".
The album progresses with the smooth `From the hip' and by track 5 delivers the knock out classic that is `Jennifer she said', which is possibly the bands finest hour and also represents the use of the 3rd female name in a song by Lloyd. (Julia, Jane and Jennifer just for the record)
Some have suggested that this album was the Zenith of LC and the commotions or even Lloyd Cole's total work, but whilst I don't believe this is the case, Mainstream does most definitely form part of a body of work that represents Lloyd Cole song writing at its most accessible and at its very best alongside Rattlesnakes, Love Story and Antidepressant.
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Typical, my Lloyd Cole reviews gets spammed by someone who either votes me down or doesn't bother voting, and then delete's their posts at a later date. What was the point??
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