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Rattlesnakes (Bonus Tracks)

Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole
Released: Jan 1984
Label: Hip-O (Uc)
Superb guitar pop classic from the literate Englishman and his Scots band. Both Lloyd Cole's tuneful, literate 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 with a little Television thrown in for CBGB cred). Loaded with brilliant songs such as "Perfect Skin," "Forest Fire," "Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?" and the title track, Rattlesnakes stands proud next to Prefab Sprout's Steve McQueen, Aztec Camera's High Land, Hard Rain and the Smiths' catalog as best of the 1980s. This extended edition features a mess of rarities, b-sides, concert cuts and demos.
Nick Dedina

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