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Rattlesnakes

Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

1984

Rattlesnakes

Album Summary

Rattlesnakes is the debut album by British group Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, released on 12 October 1984. The album reached number 13 in the UK Album Charts and included the hit singles "Perfect Skin" (#26 in UK), "Forest Fire" (#41 in UK, #25 in New Zealand) and "Rattlesnakes" (#65 in UK, #31 in the Netherlands).

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Rating

2.96

Votes

4685

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
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Tue Sep 29 2020
4

Another Scottish band from the 80s (that makes three in a row). Lloyd and his boys have a touch more punk to their 80s pop which is nice. It's relatively non-offensive musically for an album from '84. Good guitar tones and the lyrics are relatively deep for the time. The first track (Perfect Skin) is pretty good (turns out it was the band's very first single and well-chosen). This is an entire album of songs that would be great as modern covers, honestly. The songwriting is good, just hampered by it being a product of its time. I'm honestly surprised by how much I liked this album. Gonna have to give this one a second listen at a later date.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Not bad but I'm kinda pissed because this took a spot on the list away from so many albums that are much better than this. It's not even like this is revolutionary or different in one way or another, it just sounds like every other generic British alt-rock/pop/sadboi album in the 80s-90s and I'm starting to get sick of how many of these are on the list. 5

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

This album had 2 problems. First, it was boring. It felt like an hour long album, even though it was 35 minutes long. Second, It felt empty. Every song felt like it was missing something and that it was the most bare-bones version of the song. Heck, even the cover looks like it's missing something. 2.6/5

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Tue Oct 06 2020
4

I liked it! Feels a bit like Pulp, for people that read poetry.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
2

Eh? Not my style. It was fine, but I'd never consider it a top 1000 album.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
1

I think from the moment "Perfect Skin" concluded I wasn't going to enjoy this record. As always, I finish each record on this, and this isn't any different. That time gave me a chance to distill what I didn't like about this record. This record sounds like it's full of songs that are destined to be TV theme songs (see: the "Friends" intro song). Lloyd Cole attempts a voice that I can only assume was supposed to be "seductive", but manages to be able as "seductive" as wallpaper paste. Lyrically, there are plenty of lyrics that felt like he went with the first idea that came to head and called it "good enough". When I was on the Wikipedia page for this record, the first thing you see is a quote from Lloyd Cole essentially insinuating that "Perfect Skin" is him trying to be Bob Dylan, and hinting that, "Dylan would've written it quicker". I'm not even a huge fan of Dylan, and I'm insulted on his behalf. I normally end each review with a "Favorite tracks", but gracefully all of these have slipped out of my mind. It's somewhere between yacht-ish yuppie rock, and the type of watered-down, corporate blues that Clapton was making in the 80s. No. No. Absolutely not.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Masterpiece. Love his voice, though at times he does waver at the top of his minimal range. Own and only ever listened to "Mainstream"; now wondering why I never looked for any of his other albums. What a dummy. Fav tracks: "Forest Fire" - super catchy. "Speedboat" - soothing and just downright fun. Least fav: "Four Flights Up". But is on 2.5 mins, so goes fast. A-

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Literate, clever ("Must you tell me all your secrets when it's hard enough to love you knowing nothing?") and excellent, this is a hallmark of early '80s indie rock or alt pop or post-new wave or something. One can make a case he was a kinder, gentler (or better read and educated) Elvis Costello, but this and next few records had a lot to offer, even if he never seemed quite cut out for music biz. An all-time personal favorite, though one can see the flaws (perhaps too many name-droppy preferences and pretty muddy production). The tone and tenor and surfeit of great songs – "Perfect Skin," "Forest Fire" and "Patience" "Are Your Ready to Be Heartbroken" and "Rattlesnakes" – more than compensate. Barely a foot wrong here.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Actually a fantastic album. Super well articulated musically, great lyrics, and an original feel. Big fan.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

I always thought Lloyd Cole a little too clever, a little too knowing for my tastes. I could just about get my head around a Smiths album, but Lloyd Cole to my young mind was a bit of a Bob Dylan. I'm pleased to be proven wrong. My personal intelligence hasn't advanced much over the years. But I've come to realise that you should approach music at a basic level. If you like it, then you like it. I like this.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

One word Wednesday: BORING

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Mon Feb 01 2021
2

Some decent tunes. But ultimately nothing special. Surprised it made the list.

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Mon May 03 2021
2

Boring.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

If you told me to close my eyes and fart out a generic 80s indie pop album, I would produce this album exactly. Maybe I’m hating more on the form or the era more than the artist, but this slow 80s synth pop just bores me to tears. 2 stars because you have to be doing something right to fit perfectly into a stereotype. Wish I could appreciate them more, but the music seems to be giving me very little to work with. The last song was okay

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Mon Feb 01 2021
1

Really dull album. Tunes sounded like cheap imitations of other artists. Glad I didn't listen to the version with the b-sides.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
1

Thanks to this album, Wikipedia and a helpful friend, I am now aware of the existence of the genre "sophisti-pop", which I can now avoid for the remainder of my life

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Pleasantly surprised by this important Brit pop that was new to me. I liked it

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Really loved this one, how come I’ve never heard about this new wave band before?

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Pretty great. Sometimes sounds like Depeche Mode, maybe lighter

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

I have never heard of this band but I really liked this album

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

Big big fan of this. Didn't really like it all that much the first time, so just goes to show how important a second or third listen is for a lot of these albums. The first 5 I'm giving to an album I didn't already know Saved: Speedboat, Rattlesnakes, Down on Mission Street, 2cv, Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

First time since starting this that I have listened to an album, and then immediately listened to another by the same act. Loved this.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

I love Brit pop. This was a little more on the indie side

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

80s as heck. I enjoyed my listen, upbeat and interesting enough to keep me going no problem. Instrumentation surprisingly good too.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Absolute classic of an album. I've still got the vinyl copy I bought on release.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

I have loved this album ever since it slid into my consciousness as a teenager. As one of the other reviews here says - like swimming in autumn. Beautiful

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

really fun 80s rock - 9/10

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Sun Oct 18 2020
4

This is amazing. I love the musicality of this album. The production does have an 80's vibe but not in the synth way that I usually think of 80's music. I will be listening to this again for sure.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Quite indie sound. Like Speedboat and 2cv

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Don't remember this from the 80's. but it's really good.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

hey lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbroken fav track: perfect skin

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Like the cure but without Robert Smith

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

First time I've heard of this band! I like it.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Enjoyed this very much. Bouncy upbeat feel to it. 80s U.K. vibes done well. Down on Mission Street is amazing.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

I was prepared to hate this, but it's not bad. Sounds like Lou Reed covering the proclaimers. The cool instrumentation (backwards guitars? strings?) keep things more interesting than I was expecting.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

One of those serious, elegant, stylish beautiful pop records which transcends time but all the same time is a product of its era

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

A couple of years ago, I pulled this LP out of my vinyl collection, played it and remember thinking it wasn't as good as I'd remembered it, but, after a more focused listen, I disagree. Nicely crafted songs, subtle but catchy, with great lyrics full of literary references for arty types. As is often the case, the 4 bonus tracks (not on vinyl) lower the average quality of the tracks.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Pretty enjoyable. Got a nice sound, but might be nice if they had more than the one of them. Low 8.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

7

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Toffe plaat, deed me vaak denken aan The Smiths. Kan dit wel waarderen.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Saved Prior: Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken? Saved Off Rip: Perfect Skin, Speedboat, Rattlesnakes, Forest Fire, Charlotte Street, Four Flights Up Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: No bad songs, but nothing earth-shattering either. Just a nice collection of 80's alt-pop. Close to a 5 due to sheer number of songs saved, but not that many songs I would really call incredible 10/10 songs so it stays a 4.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Very lighthearted and fun album. Nothing genious, but very happy, music that takes you along for the easygoing vibe. Improved my mood immensely.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

I think there's more here that I could be into on a second listen.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

противоречиво. вообще сначала почти все не заходило, пока слушал за работой на колонках. потом решил прокатиться в метро в наушниках - ну и словил определённый вайб все-таки. мягкие аранжировки, очень классные струны, неплохие хуки время от времени, харизматичный, хотя и немного нытливый вокалер. алсо, этот вокалист мне подарил ощущение какого-то русского поп-рока по типу песни про то что кто-то брат мог бы играть в разведке и служить в кино. но не сказать, что плохая песня-то. не зашли по итогу только две предпоследние песни, даже как будто сведены хуже и немного слух поцарапали. зато финалочка - балдеж, даже несмотря на противные аффинажеские мотивы, что я в ней уловил. из бонус-песен тоже ничего не цепануло. ну 7,че, можно вечерком погулять под это, если настроение располагает

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Mon May 31 2021
4

i reallyyyyy liked listening to this album, especially 'down on mission street'. and the lyrics made it better to listen to i mean if i heard someone say 'cheekbones like geometry and eyes like sin', let alone all of these songs, in reference to me i think i'd need a good lie down. the flirty nature of these songs make me feel warm inside. it's just the classic boy loves girl and writes songs about her story that is being told throughout this whole album that adds the extra edge ahhh i just cant emphasise it, maybe it's the feeling of summer dawning upon me is making me feel like this

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

New to me but I enjoyed it!

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Fri May 07 2021
4

half way, not my sound. Sounded good for what i heard

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

Oh damn! Hade ingen aning om vad detta var. Är jag ärlig med mig själv så visste jag inte om Rattlesnakes var bandets eller albumets namn när jag öppnade upp spotify. Men det är ett riktigt härligt sound, med mycket små riffs från en lätt gitarr. Jag tycker sångarens röst påminner lite om Simple Minds men också på något litet plan Morriseys röst, även fast den inte är lika bra som hans så ger det ett ändå ett positivt avtryck. Detta kommer lyssnas vidare på! Bäst: "Rattlesnakes"

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

Reminded me of like 4 different bands smashed together. Not in a terrible way, I still enjoyed the music.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

I love this genre. That 80s UK New Wave. While there are lots of bands that fit this genre, ironically this album sounds more like The Cars, an American band! Perfect Skin is a poppy, fun, introduction to the album. Speedboat is a great groove. I can see this song being a real fun part of a live show towards the end of the show or just a break from an upbeat set in the middle! I see Lloyd Cole cites Booker T and MGs as an influence, and I completely see that influence in songs like Speedboat and .

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

This album is like swimming in the early autumn when the weather is still warm and the water is just beginning to cool. It’s a mellow and calm experience, but you don’t want to stay in too long.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Never heard of them before but a pleasant surprise. Smiths/Cure vibes

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Good classic 70s vibes, I really enjoy the instrumentation and the style it was going for. Sounded generic and not very unique, but I enjoyed it nonetheless

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

While this album does have a tendency toward the pretentious, it still sounds really good. There's not a lot that stands out, but all of the tracks are really solid. That is no small feat considering the diversity in songwriting and the amount of different influences blended into coherent songs.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Not what you might think.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Pop. Very defining of that era.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

I little more my style.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Love this. Very much of its time, but still a great pop record.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

This album was an interesting listen; I'd never heard of Lloyd Cole and The Commotions prior to this, but the music sounded familiar in that it was redolent of the jangly guitars, tuneful melodies and simple song structures peppered with the occasional strings or organ sounds. It made me think of indie rock bands like Real Estate and The War On Drugs, amongst others. Rattlesnake was an enjoyable journey, with songs like Patience that garnered repeated listens with its 80s-pop-esque drum sounds and catchy melody. Tracks like Perfect Skin featured the jangly guitars and exuberance that has since become a mainstay of many an indie pop band while others like Down On Mission Street explore a darker sound that sounds like a Robyn feature on a War On Drugs song. For its seeming simplicity, this album is chock-full of tasty bits of musicianship, like the tiny time signature changes, textural keys and what sounds like a banjo in the opening track. Lloyd Cole could very well sneak into any indie playlist undetected, and is a testament to the fact that its all been done before; one need but dig back a little further.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Rattle baby

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Very good, already knew many of the songs but a welcome re-listen. Are You Ready to be Heartbroken, Forest Fire and Perfect Skin are classics.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Man had an ear for a tune and some poetic things to say, with recurring themes of contrasting basements and flights of stairs and comparing women with perfect skin to old school movie stars. Pretty charming and has an air of romance to it and if the production feels a little low key and unvaried at times, at least you feel he made the album he wanted to make.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Well this was a lovely surprise. A few tracks I knew (not by name) and it feels surprisingly fresh. A lovely summer album.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Nostalgic

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this. Adding to my rotation!

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Classic from my bedsit days. Just great songs for the position in life I was in at that time

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Enjoyable album, reminds me a bit of the slower songs of REM. Nothing groundbreaking but just a good combination

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Nice background music then defaulted into bully Bragg on YouTube

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

I really liked this? Like early R.E.M jangle pop mixed with 80’s new wave vocals.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Great album with feel good music

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

det är bra, det har nåt. bra längd på albumet också vilket hjälper att cementera fast fyran.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Surprised. I like it.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Wow. Really enjoyed this album. Great playing, hyper literare lyrics that imopress even on first listen. Lots of lyrical turns that jump out. Lloyd is a gifted story teller and his characters are really well drawn. But the songs are the thing and they are all gems. 4 stars

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

Never heard of this album or artist before, but was pleasantly surprised. Jangly, at times moody, and literate much like a more caffeinated And Also the Trees.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

Kind of Brit-Rock-ey, but with a fun twangy, echoey guitar tone

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

I had never heard of this band, and I was surprised to find that I really dug this album! If I had to describe it, I would say it's like an easy listening, folky new wave. In other words, it has that new wave strangeness about it, but a lot of the heaviness of new wave is tenderized with that folk sound. One thing that can happen with folky music is that everything can sort of blend into one mess of sound, but I did not feel like that was the case here; each song stood on its own and had its own unique presence. Bob Dylan seems to have been a huge influence for Lloyd Cole, and considering I am not a fan of Dylan, I was very pleased to find that Cole and the band found a way to take that inspiration and create something fresh with it. I've seen some debate about whether or not this album deserves to be on this list. Maybe, maybe not -- I can see arguments for both. But either way, I really enjoyed it, and I'm going to let my rating reflect that.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

for an artist and an album i had never heard before, they knocked my socks off! not to mention i hadn't heard of the genres jangle pop and college rock before. i was so pleasantly surprised. rattlesnakes was a lovely, soothing listen with tender lyrics. sometimes the lyrics veered off in a pretentious manner, almost like name dropping, but even lloyd cole later said he was embarrassed by some of the lyrics, so i won't hold it against this album. i feel a lot of similarities musically with this album and the smiths' the queen is dead--which is nothing against lloyd cole and the commotions, since rattlesnakes predated the queen is dead. it's definitely less weird, which probably means less punk, than the smiths.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

This is what I like about this malarkey. I like what I know of Lloyd Cole but have never had the occasion to listen to an album. This forces me to do it, and it's great. Will definitely come back to it. The Sea and the Sand and the other singles edges out by Perfect Skin as best song.

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Fri Oct 02 2020
3

Kind of the same vibe throughout

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Starts strong dips in the middle, lead singer hasn't found his voice the lyrics are a bit rough. Some nice instrumentals however.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Decent ! Bra songwriting

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

3.5/5. Background dinner rock. Musical soft rock guitar and keyboard. Brit-rock whiny vocals. Not bad but not super interesting.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

It starts out pretty strong, but every song kinda sounds the same 3/5

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Enjoyed it, the composition was weird and interesting. At certain points, it seemed like it was using digital drums? A nice dense piece of 80s rock that was very layered. Favorite song: Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken, overall 6/8

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

pretty average. Nothing special but also not bad.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

5.5/10 Smooth, pretty uneventful but nice. Nothing to shout home about, but very listenable.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

good

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Solid but not a fan of Lloyd Cole's voice.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

Cool album but not the most memorable on first listen

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Good background music, nothing particularly stood out

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

6

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Not to bad but not my type of music.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Eh, this didn't make much of an impression. Pleasant, but not much stood out. Fave track - "Are You Ready to be Heartbroken?", I guess, although they were all much of a muchness....

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

great 80's and Bob Dylan vibes on this one. Not exactly my cup of tea, but enjoyable.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Enjoyable, but not noteworthy past two or three songs. Lyrically engaging.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
3

Really fun upbeat indie rock. Nothing too crazy. British rock/pop band that formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1982. Between 1984 and 1989, the band scored four Top 20 albums and five Top 40 singles in the UK.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

not caring for the opening track/single is not a good sign, pretty eneric sound. Rattlesnakes and forest fire are pretty catchy. The album and sound grew on me. I could have lived with out it, but I do not regret listening

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

Not very offensive, but not very memorable either. Just a bunch of very similar sounding ez listening Brit pop songs from the 80s.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Pop ochentero animado.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

I dunno, it was very generically 80s and fine I guess? Silly lyrics, decently forgettable. 6

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

I might give this relisten. I think it might be more rewarding after reading the lyrics.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Good but not great. I like the sound, but enjoyed the more upbeat songs like Four Flights Up a lot.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Het had de ingredienten om te raken, toch gebeurde dat niet.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

This is all quite pleasant, unexpectedly so. It was a nice accompaniment to my pottering around. Nothing wonderful, nothing terrible, straight down the middle niceness.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
3

I really liked two songs. The lyrics are quite nice overall but it feels like it's the same rhythm and melody for the entire album. Shame.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Contemplative and engaging all at once. Lloyd Cole manages to channel angst and frustration into a digestible record that keeps the listener engaged.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Поначалу услышал Speedboat, вспомнил раздражающие попытки Doors в блюз, занегативил. Потом услышал Charlotte Street, вроде по кайфу трек. Остальное не особо отложилось, интересным не показалось, скучновато.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Music ok, singing not great!

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

false

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Fine.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

80s alt rock. Chill and cool

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Fri May 21 2021
3

I liked this! Nothing super special, but just overall good music.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

No highlights

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Liked the first few tracks (‘Perfect Skin’, ‘Speedboat’, and ‘Rattlesnakes’) and then kind of lost interest. Lloyd Cole has a unique voice and some really good lyrics though.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Always liked his sound and this is a good one.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

A solid album, but a bit forgettable for me. Sounds nice as background music.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

Reminds me a bit of REM, but british. Overall, very good. Closer to a 3.5

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

1984: Rattlesnakes, Forest Fire

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

Not bad, but I'm not sure why this is a "must hear" album. Sounds like pretty generic 80s pop/rock with hints of country/folk. 2.5/5

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Mon Aug 16 2021
3

The Album atmosphere is somewhere between erotic (Perfect Skin) and philosophical (Forest Fire). (6/10) Favourite Tracks: Rattlesnakes, Down on Mission Street

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

It sounds great and all but it kind of just washed right over me, didn't really soak it in

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Reminds me a bit of early REM... jangle pop. Something about the production feels very 80's. I liked a few of the songs and there is nothing overly objectionable but I doubt I'll ever revisit this.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Brooding, moody, pop music. Liked it. 80 pop without the cheesy synth sound. 3/5 (Might have been 4 if I'd paid more attention).

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Sat Sep 11 2021
3

Not really my taste for the most part, but a few songs really pull this up for me, particularly Forest Fire.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

Dal nome e dalla copertina non sapevo bene che aspettarmi ma mi ero immaginato un disco southern/country. In realtà devo dire di essere rimasto piacevolmente sorpreso. Purtroppo un po' si sentono gli anni '80 a livello di produzione (soprattutto nel suono terribile di chitarra elettrica col chorus che trovo davvero stilisticamente fuori luogo), però a livello compositivo ho trovato lo stile molto fresco e mi ha ricordato, a tratti anche molto, un gruppo che amo molto (i The Lucksmiths). Purtroppo però, questo stile secondo me riesce bene quando è accoppiato a dei contenuti brillanti nei testi (come succede ad esempio coi Lucksmiths). In questo caso i testi sono generalmente abbastanza insipidi, anche se non brutti, e il risultato finale è che... dopo un po' si accolla. A tratti per me è stato un 2, a tratti un 4, comunque interessante. Direi 3 e passa la paura.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

3/5 some interesting ones, but...

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Good listening.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Second Listen. Becoming a very familiar album to me. Some call this album 'boring' but, it is not. It is a comfortable album. I enjoyed it from start to finish and look forward to hearing it again. First listen I gave this a 2/5, now it is a solid 3/5.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Un bon album 3.25. J’a aime lecoute et certaietounes mn plus accrochees

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Some good songs Bit of a soundtrack to the end of my teenage years …

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

The text on the cover looks like it was put on there with the default ms paint text. The songs are great though. Reminds me of Prefab Sprout. McQueen is one of my favorite albums, and this one doesen't go all the way to be equal imo, a 3.5.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

Distinctive voice and well written songs. I don't especially like it, but. I don't hate it either. It's a good album, just not to my taste.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Pop

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Interesting sound, but didn't grab me as much as I wanted. But not super cheesy 80s, so it has that going for it.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Hadn't heard this before. Not sure if I needed to. Not bad but not remarkable. I think this only got on the list because British music seems to be graded on a curve.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Ratttlesnake reminds me of something chase would listen to

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

A pretty fun, casual jam album. No recognized songs

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Decent. Liked speedboat

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Ahhh, nostalgia is a great thing. An album of its time, but still stands up even after nearly 40 years.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

I don't think I've ever heard of this group before. The album art makes me think of an abandoned house in a dusty cowboy town. I'm guessing the name \"rattlesnakes\" subliminally made me think western. Getting started with Perfect Skin I immediately like the music, and the voice, and the lyrics are clever. Lloyd's voice sounds familiar but not specifically, I think it is just \"standard 80's british pop\". As more songs go by I think the opening track is the standout. The rest is just fine, workmanlike pop. The music reminds me of bands I love; The Cure, Aztec Camera, Icicle Works, etc. Yet by the end of the album all I'm feeling is \"this is fine.\" I'm not quite sure how this album made this list, tbh.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Standouts - None (I was listening pretty passively, used it as background music)

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

filler British rock pop period music. some potential candidates for your hipster cred indie pop playlist

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

Haiku: This had some nice songs, But nothing fully grabbed me, Maybe I’ll come back.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Generally enjoyed it

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

The first half of this record I found to be fairly forgettable, but the tail end had some acoustic stuff I enjoyed and could see myself revisiting.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Started out interesting but quickly descends into pretty dreary 80s indie-pop.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
3

Solid 3, enjoyed the vibe

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

okay British sound.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Definitely not an industry plant lol

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Sort of a strange album. Some songs very much like Dylan. Overall enjoyed but no real standouts.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Easy listening but very meh. Wouldn't turn this on out of my own volition but also wouldn't be upset if someone else did.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Saw the album cover and was very convinced this would be like a very low moody country album... Absolutely was not.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Drama, Getting lots of Dire Straits vibes Have never heard of them before... Enjoyable, had the volume quit low.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Easy to listen to, nothing extraordinary, just a good sound. Listened twice to the album and it got better and better. Favourite songs: - Rattlesnakes - Down on mission street

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

Hmm, I don't know. I liked it, but ultimately it was just a little... unremarkable? I also felt like the singer was not very strong in terms of vocal range.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

The songs are ok, but they sound more like the background songs of a movie. It's nice as background music but it doesn't feel like it deserves that much attention.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

A good 80s Brit indie love album. Like Orange Juice meets Prefab Sprout with a hint of Smiths. Listenable without much filler, but only Perfect Skin seems essential.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Sounds okay, but never would consider this to be "must hear". Easy to listen to and has some fine moments, but really there are other more worthy Brit-Pop band that could make the list. I did enjoy it though.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

Johnny Cash vibes. Nothing special

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

maybe nothing very special, but I enjoyed it, short and fun album

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

j’avais apparemment sauvegardé 4 titres auparavant, je devais être un peu à fleur de peau ou je sais pas

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Wel oke maar tis niet hard of snel genoeg om echt van deze alternatieve engelse band te luisteren

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Sun May 22 2022
3

The singer has some goofy tics which make this album more fun and stand out more than all the other super generic 80s British new wave on this list.

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Sun May 22 2022
3

Oh look, a late 70s early 80s UK pop rock new wave post punk band I haven’t heard before

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Thu May 26 2022
3

This was fairly decent for what it is. I'm not super into jangle pop but by the second half it was starting to sink in that Rattlesnakes is fairly different. The compositions and singing reminds me a bit of New Order if they weren't doing new wave. Some of these songs I'll revisit sometime. At the very least I'm glad to have listened to this as it sounds like it will grow on me in time.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

Indie pop de los 80. Me ha sorprendido para bien.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

Pop ochentero animado.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

It was okay, never heard it before. Nice nostalgic feel.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
3

Rattlesnakes is mostly a wordy set of songs. On its face, the sound world is not particularly distinct. That's not to say it's bad, but the focus is clearly supposed to be the on the songwriter here. And it might be the bias of my perspective in history, but Lloyd doesn't sound quite in the league of the other great writers of the era. But in thirty-five minutes the music grew on me, so who knows, this might be primer for future appreciation.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

very unique style of music, not really a clear style therefor pop although its quite eccentric

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Didn’t mind this. Some pleasant melodies and the whole set flows as an album nicely. The singles are the standout tunes on here, and the only songs of theirs I knew previously. But the lyrics feel a bit mannered / contrived in places, with the abundance of ‘references’ liberally (ahem) peppered through the tracks.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
3

I remember this album from when some of its tracks (most notably, Perfect Skin) were getting a fair amount of airplay on the radio stations to which I was listening at the time. I liked their music when I heard it, and I really don't think I've listened to them since the 80s, so it's great to hear it come up in the rotation here. I hadn't listened to the full album before, and it's better to my ears than I would've guessed. I had thought of them as being in the "alternative" rock genre, which it probably was back then, I don't really know, but it's more of a blend of bluesy-folk-pop with a sprinkling of slightly dark edge from what I suppose people might call "art rock" or something like that. Good stuff.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

A very interesting record! "Forest Fire," the title track, "Four Flights Up" and "Perfect Skin" were probably my fave tracks.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Enjoyable; didn't pay much attention as it was in the background while working, but it was pleasant to listen to.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

I had basically no expectations, but this was pretty decent!

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

A solid 3. There were some songs where the guitar sounded great, especially Down on Mission Street.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Easy sound and not hard to get through. Nothing really stood out beyond the first song.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

+ Speedboat is goood. + Forest Fire is something of a song, hahaha.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Melodic indie rock from the 80s. Quite alright!

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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

A very well produced album, crips, clean, clear, but the songs, only interesting in the beginning, became slower in tempo and excitement after the first few tracks which ultimately leaves the albums a bit average by the end.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Probably a 3.5 really, quite good and an album I'd never listened to before.

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Sat Aug 13 2022
3

The most striking thing about this album is Lloyd Cole's use of narrative songwriting. It's really nuanced and unique for its time, like reading a series of really clever short stories. Musically, the songs are pleasant fare with alternatingly jangly and jagged guitars and subdued melodies. Cole's sometimes wavering vocal style takes a little getting used to, but it's still a solid listen. I find I'm enjoying this more each time I hear it. High 3, not quite a 4. Fave Songs: Perfect Skin, 2cv, Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?, Four Flights Up, Down on Mission Street, Patience

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Not sure I'd consider it one of the greatest 1000 albums of all time, but it makes for pleasant easy listening sure

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Enjoyable throughout. I liked it more than I expected to. Lots of catchiness. Could listen to again. My mom would like this album. It sounds like it influenced a lot of big 80s music. Kinda sounds like New Order.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Good classic album

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

Pretty cool! Odd vocals

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Decent album, not convinced it should be on this list

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

A pretty solid 3

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Pretty decent album to have on in the car when while you’re driving around town

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

Ok

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

Great album

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

Mostly unremarkable. Best track: Down on Mission Street

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

In today's entry for generic Brit-pop that sounds like just about anything else done by a better qualified group you should listen to before you die we have Lloyd Cole And The Commotions, a group I've never heard of and if I did hear anything I'd think it was the Smith's or Morrisey's solo work. 2.5/5.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Quite nice, listened easily

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

p527. 1984. 3.5 stars. Sounds like Edwyn Collins hipster kid brother. Jangly 80s guitars, bitter sweet cynical lyrics, but missing standout tunes. If the rest of the album was as strong as Perfect Skin you'd be looking at 5 stars... But it isn't.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

This was an amazingly inoffensive album, just nameless 80s UK pop rock with no sharp edges. It was vaguely pleasant to listen to, but the first song was the best by a mile and the rest was so inoffensive and plain that I forgot it was even going for a few songs. Hardly essential listening. It comes across as so helpless and naive that I almost feel bad giving it a 2/5.

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Thu Sep 24 2020
2

very whatever

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Fri May 14 2021
2

Ei juuri puhutellut

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Thu Jan 07 2021
2

I liked the title track but thought the rest of the album was pretty boring

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