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'Easy Pieces' - it has good points and a few bad
on 12 May 2007
'Easy Pieces' in many ways had the inenviable task of following Lloyd Cole And The Commotions brilliant debut 'Rattlesnakes'. Admirably Lloyd decided to record this album pretty quickly to maintain the momentum brought by the success of his debut. Perhaps, in other circumstances, 'Easy Pieces' would be regarded in a more agreeable light because it does manage to maintain a certain level of quality, yet ultimately the Commotions debut album 'Rattlesnakes' has proven a hard act to follow.
'Easy Pieces' possesses a much greater scope in terms of style musically, and instrumentally there is also much greater range which shows significant development. It's a little more introspective in places with songs such as 'James' and also the variation of musical sounds on 'Brand New Friend', 'Lost Weekend' etc. with the accordian and prominant backing vocals shows a certain maturity. Yet there is also a downside - the songs themselves aren't nearly as well developed as those on 'Rattlesnakes' and the tendency to incorporate a more eighties (slightly synthetic) sound has resulted in the album forever being associated with the mid-eighties period instead of pretty much standing exclusively on its own terms like 'Rattlesnakes' as a perennial favourite.
'Easy Pieces' is perhaps a little more ambitious yet at the same time it's prepared to flaunt with the contempory sounds of the day which has aged it somewhat. It's a little less self assured at times and also a little forced, unlike 'Rattlesnakes' who's songs both musically and lyrically are so perfectly formed.
'Easy Pieces' ultimately does possess a number of fine attributes and on its own terms (without the inevitable 'Rattlesnakes' comparison) it's quite good.
It's certainly worth investigating.
Worth 3.5 stars.