Thursday, March 20, 2014

Debut V Sophomore Albums #1 Lloyd Cole & the Commotions

This follows on from a conversation with one of my very best mates today.

”…a record collection with out ‘Rattlesnakes’ is like a kitchen with out a teapot". Cath Carroll N.M.E Review 1984
Rattlesnakes is pretty much a nine out of ten album. If you were 18 or 19 at this point, with a British sensibility, had love, taste, some idea that you were presentable on some level and were heading off into a life that stretched ahead, it worked. Still does. Still sounds as good as it did when I first heard it.
Easy Pieces clearly isn't as good. It's a six out of ten at most. It imitates a perfect object which couldn't be bettered. There are moments when it sounds like they're faking it. Still. It has some beautiful moments. Several great songs that would have slotted onto Rattlesnakes or perhaps made it a truly great double album of exquisite three minute pop songs to break the early Eighties open. Like this for example.

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