Released: Sep 2010
Label: Pias America
If you doubt that Edwyn Collins is Britain's premier indie pop pioneer, look at the all-stars who he collaborated with on Losing Sleep: Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) and Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), for starters. Many songs, such as "It Dawns on Me" and the majestic "In Your Eyes," deal with the continued fallout and near-miraculous recovery that Collins experienced after a massive stroke that originally left him speechless and paralyzed. There is an upbeat-music-downbeat-lyrics Motown vibe -- proof that the music of our youth holds a special power in hard times.