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This is a strong collection of songs. I actually think it's his best solo album to date. A nice country swagger to a lot of the songs - wry lyrics. A hint of Al Stewart I thought! A dash of Tom Petty.
The album is pretty consistent and worth buying as a whole, but some particular stand out tracks: Writers Retreat, Rhinestones, Like a Broken Record, Why in the World, Double Happiness.
In time-honoured Lloyd style it's a real grower - you start listening to it, skipping the occasional "less favourite" track to get to the more "immediate" ones, then you progressively start skipping less, until you recognise the merit in every track... it's one of those CDs that rewards repeated listenings. The quality of songwriting here is high, the arrangements and playing are a delight, and there are some cracking, singalong tunes, among the introspective numbers!
Back to that night in Buxton: the thing that struck me about LC on-stage was just how self-deprecating and modest he was; he was also engaging, with a great sense of humour. The best part of the evening was meeting him after the gig - a likeable, down-to-earth, unpretentious guy. It's funny how I'd always assumed he was "too cool for school" - the edgy, uber-cool CD covers & moody photography through the years were clearly the work of the image-building stylists & marketeers.
Looking forward to the next release!
It suits him reasonably well, opening track Like A Broken Record is a gentle charmer, all steel guitar and self-deprecation ("I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, not that I had that much dignity left anyway"). The uptempo tracks aren't bad either. Writers Retreat bops along nicely on a bed of harmonicas, slightly reminiscent of Whiskeytown, then the pace is taken down a notch or two on The Flipside, which sounds like any of the slower tracks form Lloyd's 90s solo albums.
Why In The World could be something off Springsteen's Tunnel of Love with its regretful tone ("maybe I'm not built for these times") over a soaring keyboard-led melody. Westchester County Jail repeats the trick of Writers Retreat with added steel guitar. A bit of pace in the songs suits him quite well, That's Alright has a nice REM-style midtempo groove to it while Oh Genevieve (classic Lloyd Cole title) is another song to add to his long list of odes to various girls.
Later, Rhinestones is a sprightly, banjo-led stomp, before closing track Double Happiness keeps up the pace, stretching out a little musically on the guitar before the end. All in all, Lloyd's "edge" is definitalmost completely absent here, but it's a pleasant enough collection of tunes, very enjoyable for fans of Lloyd Cole.
That's not to say this record is full of the joys of spring: there's plenty of the "melancholy feeling" that Lloyd is justly celebrated for, and plenty of the wry, sardonic and funny lyrics that he does so well, too. With the writing crafted into a set of eleven songs of consistently good quality, it's probably a good place for fans of his 1980s to hop back on board.
how often do you follow someone....your ears prick up and the familiar tone of the voice and the melody but are left disappointed by a lack of thought/ care or simply creativity, often lost in youth.
Not here. This is a quality record. If you listen and listen again and again. It grows and grows. For me it was immediate ....but hell i know a Lloyd Cole record and for me there has been lean times. this is GREAT.
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Can't say I know every LC album, but am definitely a fan. Started listening again a couple of years ago. LC can be a bit too minimalist at times, but I am really enjoying this one. Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2011 by mancinmilano
Bewildered by previous reviewer comment about Lloyd being back where to me he has never been away. I think 13 solo albums has been a constant stream of creativity and especially... Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2010 by Sandy67