Lloyd Cole made “Music in a Foreign Language” (One Little Indian) mostly by himself. That suits an album of falling-out-of-love songs in which a guy who sounds thoughtful and sensitive soon reveals himself as utterly self-centered. Mr. Cole’s piano and guitar undulate through every song, suggesting the stasis of a man in emotional limbo. But it’s easy to see how he got into the affairs he now regrets: he’s got memorable opening lines, like “Rather than you, she said, I prefer solitude.”

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Publication: New York Times

Publication date: 02/05/04