Lloyd Cole

The Collection

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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.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:05 Spotify
2 03:13 Spotify
3 04:35
4 03:26 Spotify
5 04:51 Spotify
6 03:13 Spotify
7 03:53 Spotify
8 03:02 Spotify
9 04:09 Spotify
10 03:42 Spotify
11 05:17 Spotify
12 03:05 Spotify
13 04:15 Spotify
14 03:02 Spotify
15 03:30 Spotify
16 04:17 Spotify
17 03:58
18 03:56 Spotify
19 03:22 Spotify
20 04:42 Spotify
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