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Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole
Released: Jan 1984
Label: Capitol Records
Superb guitar pop classic from the literate Englishman and his Scots band. Both Cole's songs and the Commotions' jangle-rich folk-rock guitar sound have an open, airy mid-1960s feel to them without being "retro" (touches of Dylan, Cohen and the VU abound). Rattlesnakes stands proud next to Aztec Camera's High Land, Hard Rain and the Smiths' debut.
Nick Dedina

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