Thursday, September 01, 2005

Are You Ready to be Heartbroken?

Two days ago, I was exchanging some messages with B. and announced her that I was moving from Leonard Cohen to Lloyd Cole & The Commotions. Yesterday, I found out that B. didn't know them and I just couldn't believe her!

I mean, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions contributed to some of the finest music to ever hover with pop ease! Cole's music strays from sounding contrived or overlapped and sports comparisons to The Beautiful South in that they share the same lyrical wit and appeal. But it may very well be that B. doesn't know The Beautiful South neither...

The lush, facile simplicity of Lloyd Cole's music is brimmed with cushioned harmonies and soft-spoken choruses, and very often deals with the complexity of love. Accompanied by the bright jangle of guitar hitched to pop tempos, his work with The Commotions produced a number of melody-ridden songs that can be accessed in any of their three albums. Cole's music uses polished instrumentation behind elements of subdued 80's European pop, best exemplified in songs like "Perfect Skin" and "You Will Never Be No Good". Some of the most beautiful songs include the friendly candor of "Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?" or the irregularity between the lines of "Jennifer She Said", but also "Brand New Friend" glimmers with Cole's vocal resilience, as does the pristine bounce of "Lost Weekend".

B. already knows Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, but it doesn't mean that she will like their songs as I do... An open and honest friendship is exactly like that: real friends tell us what they think, which might not necessarily be what we would like them to. That's why I like B. so much!


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