the demise of the commotions seemed to come all to soon to one of the most promising and distinctive songwriters of his generation. although still producing excellent songs like "my bag", lloyd cole seemed somehow less relevant by the end of the eighties. no matter - time to regroup (de-group?). this debut solo effort came with a greasier, grungier image and some atypically rocky songs, songs which, in truth, were only a partial success. despite this, the album is littered with quite wonderful songs - i defy anyone to produce a song written in 1990 as good as either "undressed" or "waterline" for example. the latter (with strong echoes of "like a rolling stone") is a fine way into an amusing game that can be played with this record: spot the dylanisms. believe me, there are loads, but this is no rip-off, just the sound of a great talent doffing a cap to his heroes and roaring back in style.
Another fantastic release by Lloyd Cole that is terrific from beginning to end. This is a wonderful cd and although it is a bit dated (1990) it is still one of my favourites. Lloyd Cole had a very distinct sound (at least at this point in time) and I am still thrilled when I hear one of his songs on the radio. His sound changed quite a bit in future years but this is one of the best. Along with Mainstream and 1984-1989, this is Lloyd Cole at his finest. There is not much I can readily compare it to - he has a wonderful voice that sounds like a bit of a mix between Chris Isacc and Dave Wakeling. Highly recommended.
I first got this album on tape, in my upper sixth. Ten years went by, I lost the cassette, then I saw Lloyd Cole in the paper and ordered this CD from Amazon. It's worth it... "A Long Way Down", "Don't Look Back" and "Mercy Killing" are all beautiful tunes. LC experienced the customary UK press treatment after the demise of the Commotions and the start of his solo career - hyped at the outset, then ignored over the following years. These songs stand the test of time, though.
This recording was the soundtrack for my late teens and having just hit 30 I can still say that it rates in my top 10 LP's of all time. The critics had a pop it at as they felt that Lloyd was a middle class English drifter. There was also the feeling that he had lost his purpose - writing and recording the LP in New York with a string of big names like Fred Maher on lead guitar. However, critics aside, afficionados of Lloyd Cole will all know that this remains one of his most treasured works. Rich in quality and beautifully produced. An artist in full flight.
This debut solo album is a masterpiece. Cole returns to the sound and style of his debut album "Rattlesnakes". There are some truly wonderful tracks: "No Blue Skies", "Downtown", "Long Way Down", "Ice Cream Girl" and "Waterline". Also, the rockier "Sweetheart" and "I Hate To See You Baby Doing That Stuff". In fact there are no weak tracks on this CD. Any Lloyd Cole fan who liked "Rattlesnakes" will love this CD.
Always been a Lloyd Cole fan. Trying to up date all albums that I have on tapes, especially the good memorable ones, to collect on cd which in some cases is hard to do. Am glad that I am able to obtain this album on cd as one of the better solo albums. So many albums to choose from but a handful stand out with this one among them. Know one can create such memorable lyrics as Lloyd and combine that with great melodies and the perfect combination. Classic songs and hard to pick out favourites as this album is one of the rarities were every song is memorable and one just as good as the next. Ice Cream Girl and No Blue Skies are however two that stand out among the rest. If you like this album you should also choose Don't Get Weird on Me and then classic Lloyd & the Commotions with Rattlesnakes.Rattlesnakes [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
I ordered this when briefly living in Newcastle - mainly so I could have Cole sent to Newcastle! I think it's his best album - very underrated. Used to have the vinyl version, and it still sounds magnificent today after all those years.
I'd had this on tape and rarely played it recently; getting the CD was like meeting up with an old friend you haven't seen in ages and hooking back up with them immediately. The music is - stunning, inventive, quirky, humorous, dark, brooding, uplifting; just pick your track and away you go. Lyrically, the man is a genius. If you haven't gone beyond "Rattlesnakes" with the Commotions, this is about as good a launching-in point as it comes...
For me, Lloyd Coles music can do no wrong. Lyrics are interesting, musicality is superb, track variety is refreshingly varied. Yes, he has a unique voice, which, to me adds so much to the listening experience. Sad that he is no longer writing great songs and making great music