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Lloyd Cole
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
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Japanese reissue of the singer/songwriter's 1987 album. Universal. 2004.


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All Artists: Lloyd Cole
Title: Mainstream
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Capitol
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Style: Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 077779089321


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Japanese reissue of the singer/songwriter's 1987 album. Universal. 2004.

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Kick The Curse!
Eric Swanger | Chicago, IL USA | 06/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Geez...where to begin?Excellent album. Stunning. Maybe better than "Rattlesnakes," but we're in apples and oranges territory there.The opener "My Bag," is like nothing Cole has done before. It's very showey and fast-paced and diplays the different kind of production that will follow on this album. Lloyd Cole and Co. are expanding their sound to include more synth elements and a more layered sound, which has done nothing to water down the songwriting here. There is more "mood" happening, and it sounds gorgeous.The highlights here are "29," "Mainstream," and "Big Snake," a dark jazzy tune featuring backing vocals from Tracy Thorn (from Everything But The Girl). "29" recalls the anxious feeling of turning thirty and taking account of his life thus far, exclaiming finally that he really is a "fool for love." The song "Mainstream" has so many great lines, my favorite being "when am I ever going to kick the curse? I took my medication...I feel worse. Swimming is easy when you're stuck in the middle of Mississippi, all you have to do is crawl." I love that!The music in Mainstream is like the song...the musical elements are just "crawling" around Lloyd Cole's voice, either at a snail's pace or a gallop, like in "Sean Penn Blues," which I assume refers to the failed marriage between the bad-boy namesake to some singer named Madonna. Haven't heard of her...Anyway, this is the last album Lloyd Cole and the Commotions recorded together as a whole band, so there are some underlying melancholy elements that are palpable, but the music is still just as playful and wistful as anything else in Cole's songbook to date. Just a really great album!DO try to get your hands on "Easy Pieces," the band's second album (which I think is only available by import, unfortunately). The album is worth the trouble just for the song "James." Heartbreaking!"
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions' Trifecta
J. B. Carroll | Atlanta, GA United States | 05/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mainstream completes an evolution from the Rattlesnakes debut through the also excellent Easy Pieces followup. The guitarwork is more subtle with less "gee wizardry" jangle from Neil Clark and the atmospherics electronics more prevalent. What remains the same is the excellent songwriting and Lloyd's ability to mix an album with slow introspective songs right along with hook-happy singalong pop tunes. The first three Lloyd Cole and the Commotions discs are a lost slice of 80's (well OK, 1990) pop music that should not be missed. If you like the work that the Smiths were doing at this time you'll probably find a lot here to like."
A "must own" album.
stephen armstrong | Belfast. N.I. | 10/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is easily Lloyd Cole's best work. Every track is special. I've been listening to this one for 15 years or thereabouts, and 6 or 7 of the songs have been my favourite at different stages(the title-track being the most recent). The sound world these songs inhabit is a remarkable mix of rock, blues, folk, country and pop. Lyrically too, Cole is in top form, from the playful, throw-away lines of "My Bag" and "Sean Penn Blues", to the truly haunting "Big Snake". An absolute must listen for friends and strangers alike."