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Albums Of The Week: Lloyd Cole | On Pain

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Through both his work being the front man of The Commotions and his solo career, Lloyd Cole has established himself as one of the most articulate and acute songwriters of the post-punk era. His latest work On Pain — his 13th solo album and the followup to 2019’s critically acclaimed Guesswork — consists mainly of electronic sounds.

Once Cole had formulated a sonic picture of the record he wanted to make, the arrival of each new song gradually brought that picture into focus. His distinguishable voice and sophisticated lyricism invite the listener into the mindset of someone who has reached old age and is coming to terms with this. At times, the experience of listening to On Pain” is akin to sitting in a sleek, state-of-the-art departure lounge, unsure of quite where you’re waiting to go.

Cole formed The Commotions in 1982 while studying philosophy at the University of Glasgow. What originally started as a hobby for students, largely through Cole’s sophisticated style of writing, soon became a creative force to be reckoned with. The band’s debut Rattlesnakes was a wry, heartfelt record of jangling guitar pop that was rich with references to the likes of Simone De Beauvoir, Norman Mailer, or Jules et Jim.

The brilliance of this songwriting subsequently took over to his solo work, when he departed from The Commotions in 1987 to move to New York and establish himself as a solo artist. Undergoing several artistic shifts, from minimalistic to folk-rock-inspired to electronic, Cole’s work never compromised the high creative value that he has proven to provide over his distinguished career. His artistic integrity and proven divergence make him one of the most capable and remarkable songwriters to this day.”