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Lloyd Cole
Music In A Foreign Language
One Little Indian Records
www.lloydcole.com


Lloyd Cole has long been reinventing himself - tiny piece by tiny piece. In the new millennium alone, he has gone from self-deprecating reformed rock star, to frontman of the fine rock band The Negatives, and now back to introspective, soul-searching folk singer. The music on this new record is downbeat and reflective, a perfect match for the lyrical subjects. Cole's songs continue to be laced with colorful references to Los Angeles and drugs, making one feel like listening to his songs is akin to peering into his very soul. The music is minimalist in instrumentation, relying mostly on acoustic guitar offset with the occasional piano, steel guitar, or bass guitar. There is a complete lack of percussion, lending to the intimate living room quality of the album.

The songs on Music In A Foreign Language range from a delicately reworked version of Cole's own "No More Love songs" to a cover of Nick Cave's "People Ain't No Good". The title track sets the mood for the entire album's emotional rollercoaster, "I am cold, distant, increasingly resistant to your smile/ This I don't deny/ you are bold, beautiful, I'm always gonna be in love with you/ Amphetamines or not/ You say, give it to me straight/ I already did, there isn't anymore/ What pale fire I ever had is gone/ but you don't want to hear that in a song".

There is no disputing the sorrow that haunts Lloyd Cole, and ekes out through his songs, hidden less and less as the years go by. With each album that he has recorded, Cole has allowed the public an ever-widening glimpse into the wonderfully complex landscape of his soul, sharing his experiences and loves and disappointments and addictions. This newest record is no exception, and once again proves what a complete master of song Lloyd Cole really has become.

-David DeVoe

Track Listing:

1. Music In A Foreign Language
2. My Other Life
3. Late Night, Early Town
4. Cutting Out
5. No More Love Songs
6. Today I'm Not So Sure
7. My Alibi
8. People Ain't No Good
9. Brazil
10. Shelf Life

 

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