February 5, 1994

Rock’s been literary since it got introduced to folk music in the mid-’60s, but words keep going in and out of pop-music fashion. Currently, grunge buries them, gangsta rap devalues …

September 28, 1995

SINCE he parted ways with the Commotions, Lloyd Cole has been on a bit of an extended lost weekend; his three solo albums, Lloyd Cole, Don’t Get Weird Or Me …

November 13, 1995

There is no Ryan O’Neal or Ali MacGraw here. No dewy-eyed sentiment, either. This latest CD from British singer-songwriter Cole offers 12 smartly written, mid-tempo ruminations on relationships, played out …

November 24, 1995

“THERE’S A RIOT going on,” croons Lloyd Cole to the accompaniment of swooning strings on “I Didn’t Know That You Cared.” It’s just one of the songs on the New …

October 9, 1998

This is an odd greatest hits package – the songs actually get worse as you go through the album. Cole and his Commotions produced some glittering pop hymns in the …

January 15, 1999

What makes a songwriter go bad? The obvious answer is that song-writing ability is inextricably linked with age – look at your record collection and see how many of the …

January 15, 1999

The fall from grace of Lloyd Cole is hard to explain. A literate, sometimes over-literary songwriter, his singles with The Commotions very much defined the 1980s for many rock fans. …

December 1, 2001

En man, en gitarr och 14 bra sånger. Märkvärdigare än så behöver det inte vara. Det här är en rensning av skafferiet, och resultatet har blivit stillsamma, vemodiga och vackra sånger. Det är Cole när han är som bäst.

June 9, 2003

“You’re quite good, you know.” My foggy memory insists that Lloyd Cole once mentioned speaking those exact words to Neil Clark, lead guitarist in his old band The Commotions. But …