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Review Text The first eight tracks (out of 21 total) on this best-of are from Lloyd Cole's Commotions days. The early tracks are an essential part of his canon; however, their inclusion causes a severe overlap with that other best-of, Lloyd Cole & the Commotions' 1984-1989. Fans would be better served by a purer look at Cole's solo work throughout the '90s, which comprised four strong albums. (OK, Bad Vibes was an experiment gone awry, but it has its moments.) This is clearly a case of a major label squeezing a veteran artist's catalog for every last dollar before putting him out to pasture. Too bad, because Cole's songcraft -- imagine a guitar-playing Morrissey drawing equal parts influence from the Byrds and Leonard Cohen (which is to say it eludes comparison) -- simply gets better as he nears forty. The drop-dead gorgeous, melodically perfect "Like Lovers Do" (from 1995's Love Story) or the previously unreleased "That Boy" (which would reappear on 2001's excellent Lloyd Cole & the Negatives) attest to this. The tracks overlooked here are too numerous to mention. ~ Erik Hage

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  1. 1. Perfect Skin - 3:14
  2. 2. Forest Fire - 5:32
  3. 3. Rattlesnakes - 3:26
  4. 4. Brand New Friend - 5:34
  5. 5. Lost Weekend - 3:16
  6. 6. Cut Me Down - 4:35
  7. 7. My Bag - 4:57
  8. 8. Jennifer She Said - 3:04
  9. 9. From the Hip - 4:51
  10. 10. No Blue Skies - 4:49
  11. 11. Don't Look Back - 4:43
  12. 12. Downtown - 5:35
  13. 13. She's a Girl and I'm a Man - 4:15
  14. 14. Weeping Wine - 3:38
  15. 15. Butterfly - 3:02
  16. 16. So You'd Like to Save the World - 4:30
  17. 17. Morning Is Broken - 4:42
  18. 18. Like Lovers Do - 4:58
  19. 19. Sentimental Fool - 3:24
  20. 20. Baby - 4:57
  21. 21. Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken? - 3:07

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9/23/04 

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