Musically, the collection jumps from the slick rock & roll of Lloyd Cole with its angular Robert Quine guitar solos to Don't Get Weird, with one side of orchestrally scored songs and one with some of his catchiest pop songs showing some artistic vision. The leap from that rich sound to the very modern, sometime cheesy synthesized sound of Bad Vibes was a disappointment for Cole fans at the time, and remains one years later. As the next album proved very clearly, Cole is at his best when surrounded by woody warmth and guitar jangle. Sporting some of his most relaxed and peaceful songs yet, Love Story even took Cole back into the singles chart with the lilting Like Lovers Do. It wasn't enough of a hit to keep the execs from shutting down Cole's next album, though.
Titled Smile If You Want To here, the 1996 sessions were of a piece with those from Love Story, with Cole sounding assured and writing some of his best songs yet. It's a pity it was shelved at the time, but having all the songs together in one place makes for one of his strongest albums and the best part of the box set. Recorded between 1989 and 1994, many of the songs didn't make the cut at the time, but it's hard to tell why. Some tracks have Lloyd trying things he didn't really explore further, like the jaunty pop-with-synths of "The English Weather, " while some of them, like the Roy Orbison-sounding "Cold Empty Room, " are just really good songs.
It's a fine capper to a truly deluxe set that does justice to Cole's early solo career and makes it easy to rediscover the gentle genius of a sometimes overlooked singer/songwriter. All items are Brand New. All items are from licensed Distributors.We do not deal with any Bootleg or Used items! This item is in the category "Music\Vinyl Records".
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