There's something rotten in the state of Denmark: The first eight tracks (out of 20 total) on this best-of are from Lloyd Cole's Commotions days. The early tracks are an essential part of his canon; however, their inclusion causes a severe overlap with that other best-of, Lloyd Cole & the Commotions' 1984-1989. Fans would be better served by a purer look at Cole's solo work throughout the '90s, which comprised four strong albums. (OK, Bad Vibes was an experiment gone awry, but it has its moments.) This is clearly a case of a major label squeezing a veteran artist's catalog for every last dollar before putting him out to pasture. Too bad, because Cole's songcraft -- imagine a guitar-playing Morrissey drawing equal parts influence from the Byrds and Leonard Cohen (which is to say it eludes comparison) -- simply gets better as he nears forty. The drop-dead gorgeous, melodically perfect "Like Lovers Do" (from 1995's Love Story) or the previously unreleased "That Boy" (which would reappear on 2001's excellent Lloyd Cole & the Negatives) attest to this. The tracks overlooked here are too numerous to mention.
AllMusic Review by Erik Hage