Jude Cole

Falling Home

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Jude Cole's Falling Home kicks off on a frankly atrocious note -- the song "My Friend Stan" recorded in 1974 by Cole's former band, Silver Highway. Presumably, it can only go up from there, and it does, thankfully. Cole's collection of melancholy love songs hits its best with the title track, the closest it comes to his zenith, 1990's A View from 3rd Street. The song "Any Dark Day" is a somber ode to open communication in a relationship: "Put your mind at rest/And your fears at bay/I'm the one you can run to/Any dark day." One of the greatest writers of breakup songs, Cole swears to go beyond those borders with the back-porch acoustic flavor of "More Than a Breakup Song." Cole again successfully proves he has the chemistry to make a gem of an album.

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